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WTO race: Trump administration opposes Nigerian candidate

By AFP & Agencies

Key WTO ambassadors tapped Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Wednesday as the best pick to lead the organisation, but she was opposed by Washington, who said it supported South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee instead.

The so-called troika of ambassadors heading the World Trade Organization’s three main branches determined after four months of consultations with member states that Okonjo-Iweala was the most likely to obtain the consensus needed to take the top job, paving the way for her to become the first woman and the first African at its helm.

But the US opposition cast doubt on whether she could obtain the necessary full backing from member states.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
 Photo credit: Fabrice Coffrini | AFP

According to a Bloomberg report, the US disagreed with the way in which the process was being carried out.

Okonjo-Iweala, the former Nigerian Finance Minister, gained US citizenship in 2019. ■

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