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WHO Chief Selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill Ambassador'

Friday, 20 October 2017 12:38 PM

GENEVA (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador."

With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus told a conference in Uruguay this week on non-communicable diseases that he'd agreed to be a "goodwill ambassador on NCDs."

Tedros, an Ethiopian who became WHO's first African director-general this year, said Mugabe could use the role "to influence his peers in his region to prioritize NCDs."

A WHO spokeswoman confirmed the comments to The Associated Press on Friday.

The U.S. in 2003 imposed targeted sanctions, a travel ban and an asset freeze against Mugabe and close associates, citing his government's rights abuses and evidence of electoral fraud.

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