Okonjo-Iweala Declares Interest To Run For President
Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has confirmed that she will be vying for the vacant post of the World Bank President.
Okonjo-Iweala gave the confirmation during an interview with Richard Quest on Cable News Network (CNN) at Davos, Switzerland.
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When the interviewer asked if she has declared interest, she said: “No I have not declared my candidacy, you asked a hypothetical question and I answered it fairly. I’m very happy right now, and I just want you to know that I’m enjoying life for a change for a portfolio of what I like.”
Jim Yong Kim, who was reappointed World Bank President for a five-year term on July 1, 2017, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role on February 1, 2019.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a renowned economist, author and politician. She was Nigeria’s first female Finance Minister and the first female Foreign Affairs Minister.
She served under former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
She was also the first female black candidate to contest for the presidency of the World Bank Group in 2012.