The United States (US) is reported to have opposed the candidature of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
BREEZEREPORTERS had reported that Okonjo-Iweala won with a clear margin ahead of her South Korea opponent, Yoo Myung-hee.
Okonjo-Iweala had support from 104 of all 164 countries who are members of the WTO.
However, report has it that US had refused to support Okonjo-Iweala despite her wide support across major countries.
The heads of delegation met today and were unable to reach a consensus. A consensus needed to be reached by the 164 member countries before WTO can have a new head.
Report according to Bloomberg shows that the US was rooting for South Korea’s candidate, Myung-hee.
Many had speculated that the US support for Myung-hee is associated with the bond with South Korea.
According to a report by REUTERS, US told a WTO meeting that it does not support the candidature of Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria.
Okonjo-Iweala had been pitched ahead of her counterpart, Myung-hee, to succeed Roberto Azevedo who stepped down as DG in August.