GENEVA (NS) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among donors and rights groups at his appointment.

Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez meets his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe at Uruguayan presidential building in Montevideo, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns.

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement posted on his Twitter account @DrTedros.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra

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