Three candidates running for the post of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation have fallen out of the race after failing to secure enough votes in the first rounds of voting, leaving only 5 candidates left.
This was disclosed by Bloomberg on Thursday, before the meeting on Friday.
The Candidates that are out of the race are Jesus Seade (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), and Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt).
The candidates were not able to secure the support needed for the first round of 3 rounds of voting.
Africa’s Ngozi Okonjo Iweala from Nigeria and Amina Chawahir Mohamed from Kenya joins 3 other candidates for the next round of voting. The candidates are; Liam Fox (UK), Yoo Myung-hee ( South Korea), and Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri ( Saudi Arabia).
The second phase will run until 6 October. Member states will express two preferences with an eye to bringing the number of candidates from five to two. There is intended to be three stages of consultations, with the winner taking office in November.