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WTO chief leaves before term expires for personal reason

AP , Thursday 14 May 2020
File photo: Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevedo looks on under a WTO sign during a press conference at their headquarters in Geneva, A]AFP
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The head of the World Trade Organization 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 Aug. 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.

``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.''

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