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U.S Holds up Announcement of Okonjo-Iweala as World Trade Organisation DG

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The World Trade Organisation has delayed the announcement of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new director general after the United States raised concern about her election on a consensus basis after receiving support of about two thirds of voting member nations.

In response the General Counsel of the WTO has postponed its announcement of the Nigerian candidate as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation.

Okonjo-Iweala was chosen as the final candidate for the much-coveted role. She reportedly polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat South Korea’s trade minister at the final stage of the race.

She has broken many records, including becoming the first African to occupy win that office at the WTO. The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time.

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