LATEST: WHO chief says 'rethinking approach' after Mugabe appointment uproar

2017-10-22 07:02
President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Geneva - The head of the World Health Organisation says he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador".

In a new tweet, Tedros Ghebreyesus says that "I'm listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible."

The appointment of Mugabe has been met with widespread shock and condemnation, including from the United States, which sanctioned him more than a decade ago over his government's human rights abuses.

The 93-year-old Mugabe has been criticised at home for going abroad for medical treatment as his once-prosperous country's economy suffers.


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