Mexico's Blanco wins European support in WTO bid

Mexico City, May 7 (EFE).- Herminio Blanco, the Mexican candidate to lead the World Trade Organization, or WTO, has won the support of the European Union's representatives to the multilateral organization, individuals close to the selection process told Efe on condition of anonymity.

Brazil's Roberto Azevedo is the other candidate competing to succeed France's Pascal Lamy as head of the WTO.

Lamy is stepping down in September and his successor is expected to be selected on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old Blanco is a former Cabinet secretary who was Mexico's lead negotiator in the talks that led to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.