Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, will continue in his position after his term expires on Aug. 31, because no one has emerged to challenge him for the job, a WTO spokesman said.
Nominations for the post closed on Dec. 31, and Lamy was the only candidate to have come forward, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told Reuters.
Lamy’s current four-year term expires at the end of August. It is the first time in the WTO's 14-year history that there has been no contest for the post. Previous elections involved battles that lasted for months.
Members will now have to decide whether to make Lamy's re-appointment automatic or whether the WTO should engage in a formal selection process in which Lamy is the only candidate.