Ethiopian Dr. Tedros Adhanom has become the first African to lead the WHO following the election held today, 23rd May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.
After the first round, Ghebreyesus had more votes than the other two candidates combined: 95 versus 52 for Nabarro and 38 for Nishtar. As none of them secured 2/3 of the votes, the election went on to a second round where Dr Tedros received 121 and Dr Nabarro 62 votes respectively. The voting continued to a third round, where Dr Tedros was announced the winner.
Among the U.N. 194 health agency member states, 185 were eligible to vote.
Dr. Tedros, promised to “tirelessly to fulfil WHO’s promise of universal health care.” in his address to the delegates.