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Tedros Reelected as Head of World Health Organization

FILE - WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addresses the special session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, in this handout picture made available by the World Health Organization on Nov. 29, 2021.

The World Health Organization's (WHO) members reelected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director general by a strong majority for another five years, the president of the World Health Assembly said on Tuesday.

The vote by secret ballot, announced by Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh from Djibouti at a major annual meeting, was seen as a formality since Tedros was the only candidate running.

Ministers and delegates took turns to shake hands and hug Tedros, a former health minister from Ethiopia, who has steered the U.N. agency through a turbulent period dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The president had to use a gavel several times to interrupt the applause.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tweeted on Tuesday: "Just re-elected as Director General of #WHO: @DrTedros. 155/160 votes, spectacular result. Congratulations, fully deserved."

Germany recently overtook the United States as the U.N. health agency's top donor.