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World Trade Body To Have Its First Woman

Leader Soon


They saw off competition from Britain's Liam Fox, Kenya's Amina Mohamed and Saudi Arabia's

Mohammad al-Tuwaijri in the second round of the battle to become the next director-general of

the WTO.


The World Trade Organization is set to have its first female leader after Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-

Iweala and South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee made it through Thursday to the final run-off, a WTO


spokesman announced.

They saw off competition from Britain's Liam Fox, Kenya's Amina Mohamed and Saudi Arabia's

Mohammad al-Tuwaijri in the second round of the battle to become the next director-general of

the WTO.

"Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Korean minister Yoo Myung-hee will advance to the third

and final stage of consultations," WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters at the global

trade body's headquarters in Geneva, following a meeting where the news was announced to

member states.

The third stage will run from October 19 to October 27," he said, with a winner to be announced

before November 7.

The initial pool of eight candidates to replace Brazilian career diplomat Roberto Azevedo, who

stepped down as WTO chief in August a year ahead of schedule, was narrowed down to five in

last month's first round.

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