Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected as World Health Organization Director general

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus got more vote than his competitor David Nabaro.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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May 23,2017
borkena, Ethiopian News

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is elected as the next Director General of World Health Organization. He will take over Margaret Chan, the current Director General, once her term in office ends in July of this year.

Tedros Adhanom says he visions “a world in which everyone can lead health and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live”.

However, his campaign was marred by opposition campaign by Ethiopian activists. He is criticized for taking part in the massacre of Ethiopians and for being a patron of political ideology that underscores ethnic supremacy of minority Tigray in Ethiopia.

The ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which is said to have spent tens of millions of dollars for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus campaign for World Health Organization Director General position, treated his campaign as a political prestige project.
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A popular protest broke out in Ethiopia last year to protest ethnic supremacy agenda of the ruling minority ethnic party. More than one thousand people were killed in the course of the protest that led to state of emergency.

The ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front got back firm control after extending state of emergency
period but opposition seem to be still simmering.

There are voices that seem to think that people who have influence over policy making at global level, for example some site people like Bill Gates, were behind Tedros’ win of World health organization director general position.

Occasionally, there are seemingly critical voices from stats and non-state actors in the West against the regime in Ethiopia on grounds of gross human rights abuse but over all the regime is getting all forms of tacit support from western countries including UK and the US.

If the opposition and critical voices were serious, perhaps a person like Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who was and is a polite bureau member of the ethnic party Tigary People Liberation Front which is indicted in crimes ranging from crimes against humanity to gross human rights violation.

Ethiopians vow to continue to protest Tedros Adhanom wherever possible when he shows up as leader of World Health Organization.
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