Ethiopia lashes out at WHO chief for Tigray war remarks

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Ethiopia’s government has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the head of the agency, Tedros Ghebreyesus, for interfering in the internal affairs of the country.

Just this week, the WHO boss  described living conditions in war-hit Tigray as “hell” and accused the government of preventing vital medicine entering the region.

Ethiopia said his comments threatened the World Health Organization’s integrity and called for Tedros to be investigated for “misconduct and violation of his professional and legal responsibility.”

“He has been interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including Ethiopia’s relations with the state of Eritrea,” the foreign ministry said late Thursday, quoting a letter it sent to WHO.

The government accused Tedros of supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), its adversary in the 14-month war in the country’s north, and a listed terror group in Ethiopia.

The fighting has killed thousands and pushed many more to the brink of famine.

Tedros had “spread harmful misinformation and compromised WHO’s reputation, independence and credibility which is evident from his social media postings that openly endorse the terror perpetrated by the TPLF against the Ethiopian people”, the foreign ministry said.




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