Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is new WHO Director General

Salomon Nguema Owono, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, has attended the 70th World Health Assembly, which is taking place in Geneva from 20th to 31st May, accompanied by Nicanor Ondo Monsuy Andeme, Second Secretary Charged with Negotiations at the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission before the Office of the United Nations and other International Bodies with headquarters in Geneva, and doctors Florentino Abaga Ond Ndoho and Gregorio Gori Momolu.

In accordance with World Health Organisation Statutes, elections were held on 23rd for the position of WHO Director General, and the winning candidate was the Ethiopian backed by the African Union, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, by an absolute majority of 133 validly cast votes, in the third round of voting against David Navarros.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was officially declared the new WHO Director General by the General Assembly. He is the first African to hold the post, and will begin his five-year term of office on 1st July 2017, taking over from Margaret Chan, who has been the director since 1st January 2007.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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