Thwart U.S. veto or await new president? WTO has leadership dilemma

By Reuters

Faced with a veto from the United States, the World Trade Organization has two unpalatable options for selecting its next leader – override its biggest paymaster with a vote or hope for a change of U.S. president and wait until he takes charge. With just days to go before the U.S. election, Donald Trump's administration struck another blow to the global trade watchdog on Wednesday by rejecting Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the woman proposed by a nomination “troika” to be the WTO's next director-general. The woman who would be the first African WTO leader is also a U.S. citizen.

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