(Adds context throughout)GENEVA, Feb 9 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization saidon Tuesday that its top decision-making body, the GeneralCouncil, will meet on February 15 to decide on the nextdirector-general.Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is widely expected to bechosen to fill a months-long leadership void at the global tradewatchdog after Washington reversed its opposition last week. Ifconfirmed by consensus, she will be the first woman and thefirst African to head it. The 164-member body has been without a leader since Brazil’sRoberto Azevedo left a year early in August. Supporters hope shecan reinvigorate the institution, which is facing the biggestcrisis in its 26-year-history, with members unable to agree ontrade deals and a reform programme.The U.S. administration of Donald Trump had criticised theWTO and paralysed some of its functions, including those of itstop appeals body, which rules on trade disputes.
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