The members of the World Health Organization (WHO) re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director General for another five years on Tuesday, according to the president of the World Health Assembly.
Since Tedros was the only contender, the vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a big annual gathering, was viewed as a formality.
Ministers and delegates exchanged handshakes and hugs with Tedros, a former Ethiopian minister of health who has led the UN agency through a time of turmoil characterised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several times, the president had to use a gavel to stop the applause.
On Tuesday, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tweeted, “Just re-elected as ‘Director General of WHO’: @DrTedros. 155/160 votes, fantastic result. Congratulations, you have earned it. Germany just surpassed the United States as the leading donor to the UN health agency.