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US rejects Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's appointment as WTO Director-General.



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was slated to be the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization. However there has been an unexpected glitch in the process.
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In a last ditch move, the United States representative at World Trade Organization took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, and that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.
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In response to this, the General Counsel has postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, which is scheduled for 9 November; after the US presidential elections.
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A panel at the WTO recommended her today for the position.  She would be the first woman, and the first African, to lead the institution.
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 She had won the support from the vast majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China, but not the United States.
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Meanwhile, in a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday, October 28, in Geneva, the WTO said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has the best chance at getting a consensus.
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After the meeting WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “the candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way fwd will start immediately”.





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