Biden administration backs Nigeria’s ex-finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who was blocked by Trump for WTO Director

The Biden administration on Friday said the United States would support Nigeria’s former minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The announcement came hours after South Korea’s trade minister stepped down of the race.

It was the last hurdle standing in the way for Ms. Okonjo-Iweala to assume the top job at the WTO.

She was already supported by a majority of WTO members but the Trump administration backed Ms. Yoo, claiming she was better qualified.

This is a breaking news that will be updated.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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