President and Premier congratulate the new Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom

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President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom who was elected as the new head of World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday (May 23), becoming the first African to lead the Geneva-based United Nations agency.

President Mulatu congratulated all nations and nationalities of Ethiopia and added that this historic election epitomizes the outstanding changes Ethiopians have accomplished over the years on social and economic issues holding hands together.

Prime Minister Hailemariam passed congratulatory words to Ethiopians at home and abroad as well as friends of Ethiopia. Premier noted Dr Tedros’s election is a proof of Ethiopia’s notable recognition by the global community.

Noting Dr. Tedros’s achievement as part of Ethiopia’s success story in the diplomatic arena, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Dr Workneh Gebeyehu dubbed the election of Dr. Tedros as an African victory.

Dr. Tedros was able garner an outstanding support on the basis of his firm position to shake up an agency seen as needing major reform.

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