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The World

November 08, 1987

Spain's Federico Mayor Zaragoza was elected to head UNESCO by an overwhelming majority of its 158 members, ending the troubled 13-year tenure of Sengal's Amadou Mahtar M'Bow, which was marked by the withdrawal of the United States and other countries. Mayor promised "radical changes" in the structure of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and said he hopes to entice the United States, Britain and Singapore to rejoin. Those nations withdrew because of a perceived anti-West bias under M'Bow, who reluctantly withdrew his bid last month for an unprecedented third term, bitterly blaming a Western-led campaign of "blackmail and disinformation" against him.

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