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Ethiopia accuses WHO chief of links to rebellious Tigrayan forces

FILE {Picture|Photograph}: Villagers return {from the} market to Yechila {city} in south {main} Tigray walking past {ratings} of burned {automobiles}, in Tigray, Ethiopia, July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File Photo/{Document} {Picture|Photograph}

January 14, 2022

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia demands that {the planet} Health Organization (WHO) investigate its leader for supporting rebellious forces fighting the Ethiopian government, the foreign ministry said.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, {who previously served {because the} Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister,|who served {because the} Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister previously,} {said earlier this week that aid {had been} blocked from getting {to} his home region of Tigray,|week that aid {had been} blocked from getting {to} his home region of Tigray said earlier this,} where rebellious forces are fighting the {main} government.

“Tedros Adhanom’s moral, {legal and {expert} {standing up|position} that threatened WHO’s organisational standing,|{expert} and legal {standing up|position} that threatened WHO’s organisational standing,} {” Ethiopia {stated|mentioned} in a {declaration} late on Thursday.|thursday ” Ethiopia said in a statement {past due|later} on.} “{He’s got} spread {dangerous} misinformation and compromised WHO’s {status|popularity}, independence, credibility {that is} {obvious} from his {social media marketing} postings.”

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The WHO {didn’t} immediately {react to} a {obtain} comment.|

The WHO {didn’t} respond to a {obtain} comment immediately.}

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Ethiopia’s army chief {offers|provides} previously accused https://www.|

Ethiopia’s army {offers|provides} ://www previously accused https.}reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict-who-idUSKBN27Z13Z Tedros of {attempting to} procure arms and diplomatic backing for the rebellious forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation {Front side|Top} (TPLF). He denied that.

{Hundreds} {have already been} killed in the conflict in Tigray, which {pass on} to two neighbouring {areas} in northern Ethiopia before Tigrayan forces {had been} {pushed|pressured} to withdraw {back again} to Tigray in December.

The U.N. {says {the federal government} is {working} a de facto blockade of humanitarian {help} to Tigray;|says the {nationwide} government is operating {the} de facto blockade of humanitarian {help|support|assist} to Tigray;} no trucks {possess} entered the region since Dec. 15. More than 90% of the population needs food aid and doctors {informed} Reuters last week {that lots of} people – {which includes} malnourished children – {are usually} dying because no medicine {offers|provides} been permitted to enter Tigray.

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On,} Tedros tweeted “{Individuals} in #Tigray #Ethiopia, {{residing} under de facto blockade for over {per year},|{12 months|yr|season|calendar year} {residing} under de facto blockade for over a,} are dying from {insufficient} medicine & food, & repeated drone attacks. @WHO & partners {demand} safe, unimpeded {usage of} deliver humanitarian aid to the {thousands of people} in great {require}.”

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The government {offers|provides} denied blocking {help} and accused the TPLF of requisitioning trucks {submitted} previously.|

The national {authorities|federal government|govt} has denied blocking {help} and accused the TPLF of requisitioning trucks {submitted} previously.}

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Ethiopia’s {international} ministry said Tedros {didn’t} {display|present} integrity and professionalism and {has been|had been} {an associate} of the TPLF,|

Ethiopia’s {international} ministry said Tedros {didn’t} {display|present} integrity and professionalism and {has been|had been} a known {person in} the TPLF,} {which dominated Ethiopian politics {for pretty much} 30 years before {Primary} Minister Abiy Ahmed’s 2018 appointment.|which dominated Ethiopian politics for 30 years before {Primary} Minister Abiy Ahmed’s 2018 appointment {almost}.}

“Tedros encourages the TPLF in his {press|mass media} engagements and celebrates {what’s} presumed {to become a} military {achievement} of the group, {besides {participating in} selective outrage where he discriminately addresses the humanitarian {issues|worries|problems} in Ethiopia,|besides {participating in} selective outrage where he addresses the humanitarian {issues|worries|problems} in Ethiopia discriminately,}” the ministry {stated|mentioned}.

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The government {specified} TPLF a terrorist group {following the} {battle} erupted in November 2020.|november 2020

{The federal government} designated TPLF {the} terrorist group {following the} war erupted in.} Tedros, a Tigrayan, {{has been|had been} {an associate} of the TPLF.|{has been|had been} a known {person in} the TPLF.} {Abiy also served {being an} intelligence chief {beneath the} previous TPLF-led government.|Abiy served {being an} intelligence chief {beneath the} previous TPLF-led government {furthermore}.}

{The most recent} criticism follows two {hard|challenging|tough} {many years|yrs} for Tedros as he {directed|brought} the world {by way of a} {worldwide} pandemic and faced {assaults|episodes} https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-idUSKCN2242TW from {previous} U.S. President Donald Trump, who withheld https://www.reuters.{com/article/us-health-coronavirus-trump-who-idUSKBN2352YJ WHO funding {more than} accusations Tedros did not sufficiently {problem} China {more than} the origins of COVID-19.|com/{post|content|write-up}/us-health-coronavirus-trump-who-idUSKBN2352YJ WHO funding {more than} accusations Tedros did not {problem} China {more than} the origins of COVID-19 sufficiently.}

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Tedros was elected the WHO’s first African director-general {in-may} 2017 with strong Ethiopian and African support.|

Tedros was elected the WHO’s first African director-general {in-may} 2017 with strong African and Ethiopian support.} {He ran again {because the} sole nominee in October.|October he ran again {because the} sole nominee in.} Ethiopia withheld its support and 28 other countries appointed Tedros for {another} five-year term.

(Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom and Emma Farge in Geneva; Writing by George Obulutsa; editing by Katharine Houreld and Alex Richardson)

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