Africa Backs 'Highly Qualified' Ethiopian To Lead WHO

With the African Union chairperson and Algerian Health Minister by his side at a Geneva press conference, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus formally launched his campaign to head the World Health Organization, using the hashtag #VoteforTedros. He has the formal endorsement of the African Union summit, which should guarantee 54 votes when the 194-member nations make the choice in May 2017. But campaigning is intensifying and efforts are reportedly underway to peruade some countries on the continent to back one of the other leading contenders, Philippe Douste-Blazy of France and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia's foreign minister, launched his candidacy to head the World Health Organization (WHO) at a press conference in Geneva.

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