Mexican, Brazilian lead race to be next WTO chief

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GENEVA (AP) — The two final candidates to become the next director of the World Trade Organization are Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco and Brazilian U.N. Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevedo.

The WTO said Friday that the director's race has narrowed from a field of nine candidates that nations had put forward to lead the organization, which deals with trade rules among nations.

The field originally included candidates from Ghana, Costa Rica, Indonesia, New Zealand, Kenya, Jordan and Korea.

The next director, who is selected by polling support among the organization's 159 member nations, will succeed Director-General Pascal Lamy of France, whose second four-year term expires on Aug. 31.

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