WHO chief says ‘rethinking approach’ after Mugabe appointment uproar

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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.

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