Diplomats: Brazil wins race for next WTO director

GENEVA (AP) - World Trade Organisation (WTO) diplomats say a Brazilian ambassador has been selected to serve as the organisation's next director general.

The diplomats told journalists that Ambassador Roberto Azevedo narrowly defeated Mexican former trade minister Herminio Blanco of Mexico on Tuesday to lead the agency for the next four years.

The diplomats spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity because the winner has not been formally announced yet. But Mr Azevedo retweeted that he has been chosen for the job. The directorship is chosen by consensus in a complex, secretive process.

WTO officials say a formal announcement will not be made until Wednesday.

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