Dr . Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been re-elected for a second five-year term as head of the World Health Organization.
His re-appointment was confirmed on Tuesday evening, May 24, during the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva. He was the only candidate.
Voting by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh of Djibouti at the annual general meeting, was seen as official as Tedros was the sole candidate in the by-elections.
According to media reports, he received 155 of the 160 votes, although he did not receive the support of his native Ethiopia, due to conflicting views on the Tigray conflict.
Speaking at the meeting after the re-election, Tedros said the WHO would focus more on preparing for emergencies and improving the organization.
“I am humbled by the opportunity given to Member States to hold a second term as WHO Director-General,” said Dr. Tedros. “This honor, however, comes with a great responsibility and commitment to work with all countries, international partners, and key partners, to ensure that WHO achieves its goal of promoting health, keeping the world safe and helping those at risk. . ”
The new WHO chief executive officially takes office on 16 August.
Prior to his first appointment as WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopian Foreign Minister between 2012 and 2016 and as Minister of Health before that, since 2005.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tweeted on Tuesday: “You have just been re-elected as? Director-General of # WHO: @DrTedros?