World Health Organization reverses Mugabe goodwill ambassador appointment

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party's youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Reuters)

The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, saying it was in the “best interests” of the UN agency.

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of HE President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result, I have decided to rescind the appointment”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

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