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Former minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has claimed that she has support from 79 countries, in her quest to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Speaking at a virtual press conference on Friday, she said the 55-man African Union (AU) has officially endorsed her over her only opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

Okonjo-Iweala further claimed that a group of Caribbean and Pacific states have also said they would back her as WTO DGbringing the number of countries backing her candidacy to 79.

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She remains “optimistic” about support from Latin America and said she felt she had gotten “very good traction and good support” in Asia so far.

The European Union (EU) are due to announce its preference “soon”.

“I feel the wind behind my back,” she said.

“I feel quite confident that across the regions, we will be able to attract support,” Okonjo-Iweala added.

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