Germany and France say they and other EU countries have nominated Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization.
Tedros has criticized the Ethiopian government of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over its outspokenness about the killings and other human rights abuses in his home region of Tigre. Tedros was formerly a top official in the Tigre People’s Liberation Front, once a key member of the coalition running Ethiopia, but is now designated a terrorist group by the national government.
Tedros also served as Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs in the previous Ethiopian government.
The diplomatic missions of France and Germany to the UN institutions in Geneva announced their support for Tedros on their Twitter feeds after the deadline for candidates for the post of director general expires on Thursday. On its Web site, the WHO has said it does not plan to announce a full list of candidates until November, but some diplomatic officials have suggested it may have no competition.
A diplomatic official in Geneva, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said 15 other EU members joined in nominating Tedros.
The WHO, under Tedros, met last year from the US Trump administration on allegations of serious misconduct in its response to COVID-19 and an over-willingness to praise China in the early stages of the outbreak that first emerged in Wuhan. But came under criticism. .