Finally, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman to head WTO


Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Nigeria’s nominee beat her last South Korean contender in the highly competitive race.

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Okonjo-Iweala was chosen as the final candidate for the much-coveted role after she polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee.

Her emergence is expected to be announced formally by the WTO later on Tuesday.


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