World Trade Organization has dropped three candidates from the race to be the next Director-General of the body.
It also plans to reduce the contestants to two final candidates in the coming weeks.
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is still in the race, according to Bloomberg on Friday.
Okonjo-Iweala is a former finance minister in Nigeria and former Managing Director of the World Bank.
The Geneva-based WTO said Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi didn’t secure enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.
“Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members,” WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, said in a statement on Friday.
The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates.
The goal was to name a new leader by November 7. (Punch)