World Health Organization revokes appointment of Mugabe
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, during his meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma, at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses, but the World Health Organization new director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador" Friday Oct. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 9:03AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:49AM EDT
JOHANNESBURG -- The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday withdrew his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador."
In a statement issued Sunday WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus said he decided to rescind his appointment of Mugabe, 93, after listening to the flood of outrage and concerns voiced by international leaders and health experts. He said he revoked Mugabe's position in the best interests of the World Health Organization.
Ghebreyesus also said he had consulted with the Zimbabwe government about his decision.