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Tedros re-elected as head of World Health Organization

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GENEVA, Could 24 (Reuters) – The World Well being Group’s (WHO) members re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director Common by a robust majority for one more 5 years, the president of the World Well being Meeting mentioned on Tuesday.

The vote by secret poll, introduced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a significant annual assembly, was seen as a formality since Tedros was the one candidate operating.

Ministers and delegates took turns to shake arms and hug Tedros, a former well being minister from Ethiopia, who has steered the UN company via a turbulent interval dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The president had to make use of a gavel a number of occasions to interrupt the applause.

Addressing the meeting quickly after his re-election, Tedros mentioned the WHO’s focus will likely be on emergency preparedness and enchancment of the company.

“This pandemic has been very unprecedented and lots of classes that we must always study and we’re studying. However, on the identical time we can not simply pause, study and implement…as an alternative of pausing to study, we’re saying whereas studying let’s implement.”

The newly re-elected WHO head teared up whereas speaking concerning the present Ukraine disaster and the loss of life of his youthful brother from a childhood illness amidst struggle and poverty a long time in the past.

“After I visited Ukraine once I noticed particularly the youngsters..It was the picture from greater than 50 years in the past that got here to my thoughts, so seen, so hounding. The scent, sound and picture of struggle. That’s what I don’t need to occur to anybody.”

A number of international locations together with Germany and the US had been fast to supply their congratulations.

German Well being Minister Karl Lauterbach tweeted that Tedros obtained 155 of 160 votes, calling it a spectacular outcome. “Congratulations, totally deserved.”

Germany not too long ago overtook the US because the UN well being company’s prime donor.

Nonetheless, Tedros’ second-term candidacy didn’t obtain the assist of his native Ethiopia as a consequence of friction over the Tigray battle. Ethiopia’s envoy to the meeting made it clear that Botswana’s assertion congratulating Tedros didn’t characterize all 47 international locations of the African group.

“The established working methodology of the African group is to work by consensus. I wish to level out that there was no consensus. Therefore, the distinguished consultant of Botswana can not ship the assertion on behalf of the African group.”

(Reporting by Jennifer Rigby, Emma Farge and Mrinalika Roy; Further reporting by Paul Carrel; Enhancing by Catherine Evans)VIEW LESS

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