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Tedros Adhanom Wins Election, Becomes WHO’s First African DG

Yesterday we profiled Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the African World Health Organisation candidate looking to set record.

Now the record has been set! Dr Tedros is now the new elected Director General of WHO.
The Ethiopian candidate for the WHO has finally been elected to replace outgoing Margaret Chan as Director-General of the United Nations health outfit after three rounds of voting.

Dr Tedros Adhanom
Dr Tedros Adhanom

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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