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The new head of the World Health Organization has rescinded an invitation to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the global health agency, saying he has heard the criticism the appointment generated.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s decision to appoint the Zimbabwean strongman to serve as a goodwill ambassador has been censured by heads of state, human rights organizations, and the global health community since it came to public attention late last week.

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  • This Tedros guy must be incredibly dense to not have realized the uproar that Mugabe’s appointment would cause. Of all the Africans he could have chosen as goodwill ambassador, why would he choose Mugabe? He’s either very stupid or he just had to refund the big bucks he was paid to appoint Mugabe.

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