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Ethiopia’s Tedros elected first African Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO)

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected new DG of WHO

Ethiopia’s candidate for the WHO top job has finally been elected to replace outgoing Margaret Chan as Director-General of the United Nations health outfit after three rounds of voting. A former health minister at the voting ground has tweeted that Tedros got votes that passed the over 66% required to be declared the winner.

He becomes the first African to ascend to the post in the nearly 70-years existence of the WHO. He is also the first non-physician to be elected to the post. He previously served as health and foreign affairs minister of Ethiopia and till date was a special advisor to Prime Minsiter Hailemariam Desalegn. He beat two other competitors to emerge winner.


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