London, May 24 / BNA / The member states of the World Health Organization, on Tuesday, reappointed the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for a second five-year term.
No other candidate has contested Tedros for the position amid the ongoing difficulties in responding to the devastating coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s overwhelming,” Tedros said after another WHO official asked everyone in the room to stand up and applaud him.
Faced with tears, Tedros described himself as a “war child” after signing his extension contract.
He said that after witnessing his younger brother’s death at a young age, “Luck got me here.”
Tedros, a former government minister from Ethiopia, has guided the World Health Organization during its management of the global response to COVID-19 and has withstood occasional stings for its multiple gaffes.
He is the first African to lead the agency and the only General Manager not qualified as a physician.