A Day Before WHO Vote, Protests Erupt in Geneva Against Ethiopia’s Candidate Dr. Tedros

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22-5-2017

About 200 people in Geneva are waving flags and banners to protest a former Ethiopian health minister’s bid to lead the World Health Organization.

The rally Monday against Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus outside U.N. offices came at the start of a 10-day meeting of the World Health Organization’s governing body, which will elect its next director-general on Tuesday.

Ghebreysus is competing against Britain’s David Nabarro and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan for the five-year post. Dr. Margaret Chan is leaving after a decade in the job.

An Ethiopian human rights task force distributed fliers accusing Ghebreysus of being an “agent” of “one of the most brutal repressive regimes in the world.”

The demonstrators shouted “Tedros is a killer!” and other chants. One demonstrator shouted his opposition from a balcony inside the hall before Chan was to speak.