WTO CHIEF TO QUIT POST ON AUGUST 31
Roberto Azebedo, a former Brazilian diplomat, is stepping down on August 31, 2020 as head of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO), a year before his term expires, and stressed his quitting the organization was a “personal decision.”
Azevedo’s cutting short his seven-year tenure is unprecedented in the history of WTO but the Associated Press reported on May 15, 2020 that extreme pressure from the US President Donald Trump has something to do with it.
WTO sources stressed that is Trunp’s wont, he would quarrel with everyone, except himself, and accuse anyone who does not praise and massages his ego of swimming in anti-US bias and other complaints. In the case of Azevedo, Trump accuses him of supporting China and being unfair to the US, which wants the WTO to follow its dictates.
“This is a decision that I do not take lightly,” Azevedo told a special meeting of WTO delegations. “It is a personal decision - a family decision – and I am convinced that this decision serves the best interests of this organization.”