The European Union (EU) has declared its support for Nigeria’s candidate for the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

An undisclosed official source made this known to Bloomberg on Monday, October 5. The source also revealed that the European Union (EU) backed the South Korean candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, as the second candidate for the job.

According to the source, Hungary finally agreed to the planned recommendation after being the only EU country to withhold support at a lower-level meeting of officials representing the 27-nation bloc last Friday.

While reacting to the news, former President of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, commended the EU for backing women candidates for the top job

She tweeted, “A highly deserved endorsement for my sister @NOIweala’s candidacy for WTO Director-General. Great to see the EU backing women candidates for this critical position.”

The WTO officials are set to announce the two finalists today after a few weeks of deliberation between the organization’s members.

The five candidates currently in the race are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.

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