23 May 2017 | GENEVA – Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.
Dr Tedros will be the first African Director-General to lead the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Tedros led all three rounds of voting and won 133 votes in the third round to Nabarro’s 50. There were two abstentions.
— Dr David Nabarro (@davidnabarro) May 23, 2017
Ethiopian delegates could be seen hugging and high-fiving each other after their countryman made it to the second round, which Tedros went on to win.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.