Nigeria's Oknojo-Iwaela inched closer to becoming the Director General of the World Trade Centre (WTO) following the dropping of three names, the Punch Newspaper (online) reports. Apart from the Punch, the Vanguard newspaper (online) also has this story.
The Geneva- based organization is also planning to reduce the number to two contestants from the four that are left in the race for the exalted position in the coming days.
According to the Punch, those who were dropped are "Mexico ’s Jesus Seade , Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh , and Moldova ’s Tudor Ulianovschi". They were dropped because they didn ’t secure enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.
The second phase of the consultations (voting) is billed to hold from September 24 to October 6. The WTO would announce then announce two final candidates, according to the reports.
It would be recalled that Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a former minister of finance in Dr Goodluck Jonathan's regime is a top contender for the Director General of the global organization. Since entering the race she has campaigned vigorously and she has gotten quite a number of endorsements.
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