Tedros re-elected as WHO director-general

  Xinhua News Agency, Geneva, May 24 (Reporter Liu Qu) The 75th World Health Assembly, which is being held in Geneva, elected on the 24th the only candidate, the current director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as the next director-general of the organization.

  Tedros accepted the appointment as the new WHO Director-General on the same day, and delivered a speech saying that he will continue to work to promote the primary health care of countries as the cornerstone of the "universal health coverage" advocated by WHO, and will strengthen the WHO Prepare and respond to health emergencies.

He also highlighted the importance of sustainable financing for WHO.

  Tedros, 57, first served as WHO director-general in July 2017, and his new term will officially begin on August 16 this year.

Before his first appointment as WHO Director-General, Tedros served as Ethiopia's Minister of Health and then Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Tedros is an internationally renowned expert in malaria research, and he has also served as chairman of the board of the Global Foundation to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

  According to the rules and procedures of the World Health Assembly, the WHO Director-General serves a five-year term, renewable once.

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