Egypt, Mexico and Moldova out of the running to lead the WTO

# 02:44
17 September 2020

The Mexican, Egyptian and Moldovan candidates to lead the World Trade Organization are out of the race, four sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Thursday, APA reports.

The WTO is due to announce on Friday which five of the eight candidates will go on to a second round of voting among members to choose the next director general of the global trade body.

A Mexican source with knowledge of the situation said candidates from Britain, South Korea, Kenya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia would continue to square off.

However, one U.S. source with knowledge of the situation said the Saudi candidate had also been ousted in an unexpected move given that only three candidates were expected to be ousted in the current round of voting.