Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination for WTO DG Violates Rules, Says AU Legal Counsel

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Office of the African Union (AU) Legal Counsel has said that the nomination of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) violates the rules of procedure and council’s decision.

A document from the office of the AU legal counsel stated that Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination violated Rule (11), 1, 2 and 3, Rule 12 and Rule 15(3) of the rules of procedure of the committee on candidatures within the International System of the AU as well as Council’s Decisions Ex CI 1072 (XXXV), Ec CI Dec 1090 (XXXVI) and Assembly Dec 795 (XXXIII).

The document from AU legal counsel office noted that its Executive Council had endorsed the nominations of Fedrick Agah, Eloi Laourou and Abdulhameed Mamdouh before Nigeria decided to substitute its nomination.

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