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Kenya nominates Amb. Amina Mohamed to lead the World Trade Organization.

Kenya has nominated Sports, Heritage, and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina  Mohamed to lead the World Trade Organization, WTO official confirmed. This makes Amb. Amina Mohamed the sixth candidate to be nominated for the top job.

“For Amina Mohamed, yes we can confirm that we received her nomination from Kenya late yesterday,” a WTO official said.

The Geneva-based body is seeking a replacement for Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo who is stepping down a year early. Six candidates are vying to become the next head of the World Trade Organization.

The six candidates are from Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, and South Korea.

CS Amina Mohamed had contested against Mr. Azevêdo in 2013 but lost on a decision made by consensus among member states.

Rather than an election, the procedure for selecting the next WTO boss relies on finding consensus, with candidates gradually being eliminated in turn. A vote is possible as a measure of last resort.

Nomination closes on Wednesday.

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