Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador after outcry: statement

GENEVA (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among donors and rights groups at his appointment.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party’s youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns.

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement posted on his Twitter account @DrTedros.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra

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