President Paul Kagame has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, the new Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) following elections held in Geneva, Switzerland, the headquarters of WHO.
Commenting on his victory, president Kagame has via twitter account said he and Africa deserved the victory.
“It is not always the best candidate who is chosen. Dr Tedros election restores hope that most deserving candidate can win. Thank you to all Africans and non-Africans who saw Dr Tedros as the right candidate and stood together to support his candidature. Congratulations to Dr Tedros on your election as DG of WHO. You deserve it and Africa deserves it,” he twitted.
Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia Health Minister from 2005 to 2012 and became Foreign Affairs minister from the past four years.
His candidacy which was approved to compete for WHO director during the 26th African Union Summit in January 2017 was supported by African countries.
Dr Tedros recently came to Rwanda where he met President Kagame and thanked him for continued support pushing his qualification to be elected as WHO director.
Before his election, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo had said that Rwanda supported the candidacy of Dr Tedros. Dr Tedros came to Rwanda recently at the beginning of May where he met Kagame and Mushikiwabo.
Dr Tedros later posted his on his Facebook page that ‘it was a wonderful day in Rwanda. It was of great value to meet foreign affairs minister Mushikiwabo and president Kagame. Thanks a lot president for the support from the beginning of our journey. I am delighted to represent Africa. I am humble over its united voice supporting my candidacy’.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus competed with Dr David Nabarro proposed by England and Ireland and Dr Sania Nishtar supported by Pakistan.