Ethiopia's Tedros gets Dangote, AU chief's final backing for WHO DG post
Tuesday May 23, 2017 - 22:18:40 in Wararka by Burhan Editor
SOMALILANDERS:- The Chairperson the African Union Commission (AUC) has issued the continent’s rallying push for Ethiopia’s former health and foreign affairs chief who is a front-runner to become Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a tweet on Monday morning – May 22, 2017, AUC chair Moussa Faki Mahamat alluded to the strength of Africa when it unites, in reference to the fact that the continent was united behind the candidature of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
‘‘When Africa speaks with one voice, she wins. Africa is united for Dr. Tedros,’‘ the AUC chief’s tweet read. Dr. Tedros, a Public Health Specialist will become the first African to hold the position in nearly seven decades of the WHO’s existence.
May 22, 2017
Preceding the AU Chief was Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who also took to Twitter to endorse Dr. Tedros. Dangote described him as a talented Ethiopian public servant who saved millions of lives and achieved incredible health gains for his country, adding that the world should be united behind him as Africa is.
He will be facing two other shortlisted candidates including the United Kingdom’s David Nabarro and a Pakistani physician, Dr. Sania Nishtar. Dr. Nabarro is seen as the main challenger to Africa’s candidate.
Voting for the next Director-General takes place today
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