No Opponents for WHO Chief Tedros in Elections

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has no contenders in the World Health Organization (WHO) leadership election. Western diplomats report that the current director-general is the only one nominated for that position.


The diplomats made this known after they received a letter from the WHO. In it, the 194 member states are informed about the nominations at the end of September.

It says 28 countries have nominated one person for next May’s elections, diplomats said. Germany has already announced that it will go for Tedros.

Tedros, 56, was previously the health minister in Ethiopia and has been the chief of the health organization since 2017. He is the first African to hold this position. The Director-General is appointed for a period of five years and can be re-elected once.

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