WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus nominated for re-election

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 2, 2020. More than $1.1 trillion was wiped off the value of developing-nation stocks and bonds last week as the economic impact of the coronavirus worsened. Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is set to secure a second term at the helm of the global health agency following his nomination by the WHO Executive Board.

Ghebreyesus’ nomination was confirmed during a procedural vote on Tuesday which made him the sole nominee for the position.

FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). /Getty Images

Ghebreyesus acknowledged that his first term was “challenging and difficult” but said he was “very grateful for the renewed support” to continue in the position.

The election of the next director-general of the WHO is scheduled to take place by secret ballot at the 75th World Health Assembly in May.

If successful, Ghebreyesus, who became the first African to head the WHO in 2017, will begin his second five-year term on August 16.



(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)