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African Union moves to stop Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela from being elected WTO DG

African Union moves to stop Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela from being elected WTO DG

African Union has moved to stop the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the seat of Director-General at World Trade Organization.

The Legal Council of the Union said her nomination by the Nigerian Government 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).

It said has already endorsed the nominations of Fedrick Agah before Nigeria moved to substitute him with the former Minister for Finance, arguing that the endorsement was for persons and not for country.

“It is a recognised principle of international law that a sovereign state has the right to substitute and replace a nomination of its citizens as it may wish for a position.

“However, the sovereign right does not endow that state any right to change existing rules, relevant decisions of the Executive Council and decisions of the ther policy organs of the union. A decision of the Executive Council should only be changed by another decision of the council not by any member state and a decision of the Assembly should be changed by a decision of the Assembly not by a member state,” AU said.

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