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WTO Chief Leaves Before Term Expires for Personal Reasons

File photo of WTO's Roberto Azevedo. (Image: Reuters)

File photo of WTO's Roberto Azevedo. (Image: Reuters)

Roberto Azevedo, a former diplomat from Brazil, said he will step down on August 31, cutting short a seven-year tenure marked in recent years by intense pressure from US President Donald Trump.

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The head of the World Trade Organisation says he will leave his post a year before his term expires, an unprecedented mid-term resignation at the WTO that he called a "personal decision".

Roberto Azevedo, a former diplomat from Brazil, said he will step down on August 31, cutting short a seven-year tenure marked in recent years by intense pressure from US President Donald Trump, who accused the Geneva-based trade body of an anti-US bias and other complaints.


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