Dr Tedros Adhanom Humiliated Himself at WHO DG Candidates Forum

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Dr. Tedros’ candidacy for the Director-General of WHO is an embarrassment to the continent he represented i.e. Africa.

By TesfaNews,

Six candidates have been proposed by Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) to replace the outgoing Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, by the end of June next year.

Representing the continent Africa, the former Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, joined the run for the top job by competing against candidates from Italy (Dr Flavia Bustreo), France (Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy), United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (Dr David Nabarro), Pakistan (Dr Sania Nishtar), and Hungary (Dr Miklós Szócska).

Desperate to win this $260,000-a-year UN job, Dr. Tedros Adhanom hired a US-based consultancy firm, Mercury Public Affairs. But that doesn’t spare him from the expected humiliation.

On 1-2 November, a forum was held for the six candidates to present their visions to WHO member states and the public, and answer some questions from member states on their candidacy.



Dr. Tedros Adhanom gave a presentation, courtesy of Mercury Public Affairs. A test to his competence, however, comes when member states start asking questions to each candidate based on the presentations they made. To the dismay of the forum, Dr. Tedros Adhanom failed to answer any of the questions.

The Chair of the forum had to intervene a number of times to clarify the questions as this embarrassingly incompetent African candidate pleaded “question not clear” every time he was asked.

A representative from Brazil, for instance, asked, ” …. based on your presentation, …. you are a candidate you claimed to be from a developing country [Africa – the South]. In my view you have presented with a espousing agenda very much aligned with priorities of the north [Asia]…. So how can we translate your entrance as a development candidate?”

The visibly stressed Dr. Tedros went blank and requested for a repeat of the question.  The Brazilian man rephrased his question in a manner that can be understood even by a freshman. It doesn’t help. The African candidate, Dr. Tedros of Ethiopia, only mumbled a few incoherent words that in fact sent the entire WHO forum to a laughter.  It was obvious to them that the African candidate is simply a joke.

With competence now out of the question, the only hope for this desperate African candidate for the top job is when the question of “whose turn” to run the agency comes to play.

No one from Africa has ever been a Director-General of WHO. The African Union has thrown its support behind Dr. Tedros’ candidacy and argues it’s time for the continent to have more high-profile international roles.

Despite strong opposition from those who say “merit” should be the key factor to appoint a WHO chief, Dr. Tedros may slip through the cracks and grab the job if it is decided that the job should be given to an African, even if that means to someone as incompetent as Dr. Tedros Adhanom.

In January 2017, WHO’s executive board will secretly vote on a short list of up to five candidates. The board’s 34 members will then interview those candidates and nominate up to three to go forward for consideration by the World Health Assembly in May 2017.

The new Director-General will take office on 1 July 2017.

69 thoughts on “Dr Tedros Adhanom Humiliated Himself at WHO DG Candidates Forum

    1. Hey, there is a saying here in west that … money wills surely buy you top notch groomer to get your stupid dog look great, but not make his tail it wag.

  1. His candidacy was a joke from the beginning. Competency matters if ur going to be the world’s top doctor and lead itls organization on medical issues. Too bad this poor Woyane soul couldn’t hide behind Susan Rice’s skirt this time.

  2. This is so funny 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 hahahahahahahaahah…….
    I love it. This dude and the Olympic swimmer (the whale) deserve a medal possibly gold!!!

  3. Good for you TN. This is what you’ve been talking about all week. Don’t you get tired of it??? FYI, there is nothing wrong to ask people to repeat if you didn’t understand the question.
    Now I want you to report a more serious news about the corruption back home where 36 kilio of gold was confisicated at Asmara airport, reportedly belongs to an individual connected to Geneal Filipos.

    1. If it was confiscated, that would mean Eritrean security officials did their job. It doesn’t matter if they’re connected to a General or the President himself, it was confiscated and the person I assume arrested. If you have any more details, please do share.

        1. ” Don’t you get tired of it??? FYI, there is nothing wrong to ask people to repeat if you didn’t understand the question.”

          Sir., did you not read the story? the problem is he did it repeatedly and also looked pretty incompetent doing it. As for your story.. why not just stick to the ghost Eritrean pilot who flew the ghost Eritrean plane “zilen 135” to mekele than adawa or whatever. You woyane are idiots please post us more pictures of your terrifying air force with the ethiopian flag put over the Indian flag on the tail wing. TN its obvious what this guy truth is doing i suggest you delete his posts. He is obviously trying to get views/publicity for his dead site.

          1. if he repeatdly asked, that is still fine. Again, if you don’t hear it or understand it, there is nothing wrong to have them repeat. as for your call to delete others’ messages, you are exceeding your role. just like us, you comment here a the descretion of the webmaster. Unless you help with funding, you have no more or less right. And if you think truth and me is same person, let TN detrmine that. The IP address will tell him if we are in the same city or state….

    2. please stop this nonsense. there’re hired experts out there disseminate this type rumors to undermine Eritrean institutions, especially the military. Doing their work here may get you an attention or two but isn’t gonna get you traction.

  4. An Eritrean Minister of Health knows exactly and very clearly what Eritrea’s priorities are when it comes to the health sector and how Eritrea’s and indeed Africa’s and the developing world’s health priorities differ from that of the first world.

    But a Woyane hooligan starts talking about terrorism and security when answering this question. That’s why they started laughing. Dr. Tedros and Ethiopia may have come across badly and as being incompetent. However, the real damage was done to all of us black African folks because Dr.Tedros was sold to the White folks as representing the African continent.

  5. The best line for me was when Dr. Tedros didn’t understand the question even after the a couple of clarifications, the Brazilian who asked the question in the first place mumbled “I didn’t know this was supposed to be a dialoged”:-) 🙂

  6. Those who suffer from the “little man’s syndrome” are nothing but an embarrassment to humanity.
    The idiotic clown cannot even follow the general gist of the conversation let alone understand the question.
    He is a clueless idiot like the rest of the Woyane imposters.

    1. I like Kaleab’s comment, there seem to hired commentators that keep introducing nonsense stories into other’s discussions, they come across as genuine but all are phones, best thing do is to ignore them and they will fly away. As to the good doctor, is he not educated in Europe? Or did he print his certificate from “Arkebe shop”, ( listen to Ermias Legese describing on how they all got educated in weyane land). But I still wouldn’t lounge at the guy, I was just embarrassed for him. But guess where the video is banned?

    2. I like Kaleab’s comment, there seem to be hired commentators that keep introducing nonsense stories into other’s discussions, they come across as genuine but all are phones, best thing to do is to ignore them and they will fly away. As to the good doctor, is he not educated in Europe? Or did he print his certificate from “Arkebe shop”, ( listen to Ermias Legese describing on how they all got educated in weyane land). But I still wouldn’t lounge at the guy, I was just embarrassed for him. But guess where the video is banned.

    3. I like Kaleab’s comment, there seem to be hired commentators that keep introducing nonsense stories into other’s discussions, they come across as genuine but all are phones, best thing to do is to ignore them and they will fly away. As to the good doctor, is he not educated in Europe? Or did he print his certificate from “Arkebe shop”, ( listen to Ermias Legese describing on how they all got educated in weyane land). But I still wouldn’t lounge at the guy, I was just embarrassed for him. But guess where the video is banned.
      This is my second post, for some reason my post is not showing up.

  7. This is neither the Ethiopian candidate or African candidate. This is purely the TPLF/woyane candidate. We all as a community of north east Africans know JUST from our region we can come up with more than a dozen better candidates. BUT in today’s pay to play politics the one that will serve (ultimately) the empire will be chosen. The woyane have the whole of Ethiopia to sell towards that end.

    1. You said it all. This chap has nothing to do with Africa or Ethiopia for that matter!!. He is embarrassing mostly to himself and perhaps his tribe Tigray.

  8. The world body organizational has as many accents as its members when delegates address any meeting in any issues. For that matter, the issues for the Ethiopian candidate asking the questions to be repeated is not something unusually. If anyone had followed any UN meetings this kind of back and forth conversations for clarifications is the norm. For most Ethiopian academia speaking English seems to be considered the only language that defines professionalism. A lot of scientists around the globe do not acquire fluency in English. It means in Ethiopian academia these people are not educated since the measure of intellect is scale by only how well a person speaks English. The representative from Brazil who posed the questions to the candidate from Ethiopia had very strong accent to be understood. If that delegate had been living where I live, he would have hard time to integrate to USA society make a living let alone to be a delegate in the UN. As a matter of fact the candidate from Ethiopia did the right thing asking for clarifications for a point he did not understand. It is a rule of thumb to ask questions to clarify a point before going further in any conversation when there is a doubt that issues can be misconstrued for lack of clarity to begin with. It is interesting to read a lot of people commenting about a single conservation without understanding the general rule of communications, if in doubt ask. I think the candidate from Ethiopia did an excellent job when he asked for clarification. The only people who don’t ask when they don’t understand an issue are arrogant people. Actually, I posed the questions the Brazilian delegate presented at the UN to some people in my university in the USA if they can answer the question without further clarifications; none of them were be able to understand the questions to comprehend the content of the questions. These are professors who teach in the department of educations at the university who prepare high school teachers how to teach second language speakers in the state.

    1. Per usual erta you could have condensed those paragraphs in a couple of sentences. You don’t think we take those heavy accents into account? The indian guy had the worst to be honest. When i watched the video and i heard the spanish accent i automatically tried harder to listen because of the setting and importance. I was able to form an answer before the guy stopped talking. So now your telling me Mr Adhanom , a seasoned vet in foreign diplomacy, had such hard difficulties responding to a heavy accent? I guess he really didn’t do diplomacy or talking he just went to sell off ethiopias wealth.

    2. Actually, I posed the questions the Brazilian delegate presented at the UN to some people in my university in the USA if they can answer the question without further clarifications; none of them were be able to understand the questions to comprehend the content of the questions. How would they erta? They did not make a presentation of the question you asked them. You see, it seems you too lack competence. Sorry to disappoint you accent was not the problem but content.

    3. Your malaria doctor presented material written by his American handlers without understanding the content and the message of his platform. He is an idiot who cannot tell the difference between healthcare priorities for third world countries and the developed countries. He was caught contradicting himself and the Brazilian rep was simply telling your Woyane dimwit his presentation contradicts his key selling message.
      I agree with you in that if you ask this same question to a pack of dimwits Woyanes with severe case of the “little man syndrome” none of them would understand the question.
      You can lie, embezzle, steal, robe, rape, murder, buy degrees but you cannot fool anyone. At the end of the day your nothing but an illiterate imposter who simply needs to accept your reality, a simple paradigm shift.

        1. Selam Adal. Now days I am a little distracted with routine life matters but all is well. Thanks for asking. I hope all is well on your neck of the woods.

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            ርጡብ ይጻንሕካ! ክቡር ብጻይና Halhal።

            በጃኻ ካብ’ቲ ዝብቀቕ ሰዓታትካ እናሰርቕካ፣ በቲ ነበልባል ዘርባኻ ክተኣዓዕለና ደኣ ፈትን እዚ ብሩኽ ሓውና ጭደድ! – – – እዞም ሓባር ፍርዙናት [“እነ B.Adal & co. ይሏል”] ክንሰምዕ ንህንቀው፣ ግዳስ ሰኣን ክእለት ድማ “ዕቡሳት”፣ ንኸምዚ ከማኻን ኣምሳያታትካን ኹልሻዕ ኢና ንቋመት
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    4. I didn’t hear Dr. Adhanom’s presentation (and I still haven’t), but I had no trouble at all fully understanding the Brazilian delegate’s question at the first go. There was no ambiguity at all. And I am an average Joe.

      Besides, unless you are hard of hearing or there were clear distractions which the questioner also appreciates, you NEVER ask the questioner to “repeat the question” after he completed stating the question. What you do is you rephrase the question in the way you comprehended it and ask the questioner if he concurs. Then you attack the question.

      It was obvious that this Dr. Adhanom was stalling clearly out of fear of giving the wrong answer to a group of public health experts indicating that he was not fully prepared. And he made an ass of himself in the process.

    5. ኣሌክ - Alec you · Edit

      Hahaha???????? erta erta, it’s not the accent buddy, he totally can’t understand it even after they repeat it over and over. Smh.. I understood the Brazilian delegate’s question clearly. ????

      Did u saw the two women? both of them, so embarrassed by him, cuz he can’t even answer a question based on his presentation. Unless Dr. Adhanom’s presentation was written by someone else. Hmmm ????

      The question he was asked was based on his presentation man.” he failed to answer a basic question about his claims that he is running a campaign on a framework that promotes the health needs of the developing world.” Now do u understand the word that am writing u?? Oh the humanity????????????

    6. @erta
      It looks like are very disciplined & knowledgeable when commenting in most cases. Unfortunately, you blindly support TPLF, an organization, that doesn’t listen to no one except for its own self centred ego. TPLF came to power & survived all these years purely because of chance. TPLF intellectuals have no calibre to solve any complicated issues. Nevertheless, they can sell & expend anything just to cling to their power. Folks like you shouldn’t waste their useful time & capability on collection of wasted hooligans

    1. To call the born failure “Adhanom” and present him as “Dr. Adhanom”? To call the “Okbasellasie”, the house boy of the elderly, as “Dr. Okbasellasie”? Wait a minute, it that is how it is done by these born-faiures, then it must be OK if I go to Walmart and printout a diploma which reads “Dr. Hidrom”.

      This must be the joke of 2016/

      N

      1. I just went to Walmart and for 15 cents it printed me a diploma that reads “Dr.Hidrom in Nuclear Physics”, If Adhanom could do and claim it and so I could After all I am 10 times more educated than Adhanom. Nest time call me Dr. Hidrom.for I have diploma I printed out at Walmart just this morning.

        Respectfully.
        Dr. Hidrom

  9. For anyone who is interested about truth and nothing but, please go and listen how the rest of them as well as our brave son did. Its really sad for Ethiopia haters to edit his presentation and question his ability. His work speaks for itself. From making health care 100% better in his home country, working with world leaders to change Ethiopia’s image, bringing the horn to once again respect Ethiopia and sucussefully slapping shabo with sanction to name a few. The entire Africa gave him the support not because of his accent but competence. But leave it to the Hamid Idris kids to hate anything made Ethiopia.SMH

    1. By the way how did he get the Dr title.. The Adhanom we know had only a Diploma to his name in Biology from Asmara university?
      Unless it’s Doctorate in deceit and corruption from university of dedebit in Mekele!

      1. You pointed to the truth and thanks.

        To call the born failure “Adhanom” and present him as “Dr. Adhanom”? To call the “Okbasellasie”, the house boy of the elderly, as “Dr. Okbasellasie”? Wait a minute, it that is how it is done by these born-faiures, then it must be OK if I go to Walmart and printout a diploma which reads “Dr. Hidrom”.

        This must be the joke of 2016/

    2. You said”the entire Africa GAVE him the support” you know why? because Tedros Adhanom GAVE each one of those corrupted Monkeys three or more beautiful young Ethiopian girls for their enjoyment in Addis.That is the usual business of successive Ethiopian Regimes,starting from the godfather Haileslassie.

  10. “Dr.” Tedros is probably the Best candidate there is from Woyane land. As to the Best Ethiopian candidate, even me from the very few Ethiopians that I know, I could come up with better candidates.

    1. I think he is dumb. Even after they repeatedly clarified the questions for him, he still didn’t understand what was being asked. He was completely lost. They were probably thinking, “And this dumb African is supposed to lead us?”

  11. Just because he dined and wined with the big boys of international politics, does not mean he is big. He is simply, a parasite, feeding from host.

  12. I do not believe he deserves the job, he never should have been allowed to take part to begin with, he is a part of a criminal gang who should be tried in some court, for crimes against humanity, as one of the architects and conspirators of dividing Ethiopians, stealing from the poor, and mercenary of war and misery.his evil conscience had the better of him, too bad he took down the name Africa down with him, it was a chance lost, still sad he has no substance but stolen dollar from the people to buy that post and WHO position.

  13. Apparently his strong suite was “communication” alas he blew that one. I guess when you outsource your competency and didn’t do the work…this is a classic example. I am all for an African to take the position but not at the expense of embarrassing the whole continent.

      1. Welcome to TN community.

        My advice to you is try to be less confrontational when you make your arguments. You let other readers benefit from you comments. Spamming the forum with an endless tit-for-tat is not advisable. Let’s keep learn one another. Thanks

  14. The TPLF just fired him from his post and what do you think this poor man going through. In my opinion he did not prepare himself well for answering the questions and the second reason can be that he is used to give directions and orders and this time was the other way round and he is not ready to be asked. He should have prepared himself better.

  15. Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge (1/2)

    Ethiopia’s candidate for Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge about global health strategies during a candidates’ forum on November 2, 2016. Though Adhanom has served in the Ethiopian government as both minister of health and foreign affairs, he failed to answer a basic question about his claims that he is running a campaign on a framework that promotes the health needs of the developing world.

    “Sorry, the question is not clear, can you clarify?” he answered, when a representative from Brazil asked him to explain why he claims to represent the developing world, when the agenda he advocated in his presentation espoused the health agenda of the developed world. Instead of answering the question, Adhanom tried to engage in a conversation with the Brazilian representative, apparently hoping to grasp what the question meant. Awkwardly, the moderator intervened, trying to help Adhanom understand the question.

    Adhanom also stumbled with another question at the same forum, when asked about the technical cooperation of WHO member states:

    https://twitter.com/AndualemX/status/794908274718081024

    1. Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge (2/2) …

      This embarrassing performance could hurt Adhanom’s current political campaign for the post of head of the global health body. Recently, he was relieved of his ministerial duties in the Ethiopian government, following a cabinet reshuffle. During his presentation last week, Adhanom said the Ethiopian government replaced him with a new foreign minister, so he could focus on the campaign.

      Though he’s endorsed by African Union, Adhanom has been under continuous assault from prominent members of Ethiopian civil society and opposition groups, who argue that his ties with the Ethiopian regime should disqualify him from leading WHO. These groups have also started an online petition.

      When Adhanom launched his campaign in April 2016, Ethiopia was beset by anti-government protests. Citing the government’s violent actions against protesters, 20 Ethiopian political and civic organizations signed a letter declaring Adhanom unfit to lead the World Health Organization, saying he is the face of the regime.

      The letter read: “Mr. Adhanom did not lend confidence as a public health figure while he served as the Minister of Health in Ethiopia. […] His tenure as head of the Federal Ministry of Health was fraught with mismanagement and incompetence.”

      The letter refers to an audit conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, which was prompted by reports of “mismanagement of money and incompetence.” Subsequent research available on the Internet confirmed that the audit uncovered detailed evidence of financial mismanagement.

      In a separate letter, one activist outlined his reasons why Mr. Adhanom should not be allowed anywhere near the World Health Organization.

      The human rights website “Al Mariam” also offers a strong denunciation of Adhanom’s WHO candidacy:

      Adhanom’s shallowness and cluelessness in matters of foreign policy and diplomacy are simply incredible.

      His public speeches and statements generally lack not only substance and coherence, but are simply nonsensical. In July 2015, Adhanom said Ethiopia is a democracy with one hundred percent of the vote! (Of course, so did Obama. Two “nonsenses” don’t make one bit of sense!)

      Adhanom’s diplomatic speeches are chock full of platitudes, clichés, buzzwords and hokum. He has a distinct proclivity to frame complex issues in worn out and left over phrases from the days of student activism of his late boss, thugmaster Meles Zenawi.

      Adhanom manifests little understanding of international diplomacy and appears to lack even an elementary understanding of international law, treaties and conventions.

      Meanwhile, Adhanom has been making the case that he would bring a fresh perspective to the WHO’s leadership. Other than the African Union, some pro-government diaspora groups and international figures have also backed his candidacy.

      Adhanom has relied heavily on social media to build his “brand” in Ethiopia — a country where access to social media is highly limited. Access isn’t so restricted, however, that Adhanom’s gaffes at the Nov. 2 forum haven’t led to mockery online, where critics have enjoyed making fun of his surprising ignorance.

      On Twitter, the hashtag #NoTedros4WHO gained popularity, with many users arguing that Adhanom has disqualified himself from holding any position at the WHO.

      https://globalvoices.org/2016/11/06/ethiopias-candidate-to-lead-the-world-health-organization-contracts-foot-in-mouth-disease/

  16. Oh my God this is a Dr ,He can even communicate the simple question that was asked? He clams has a PHD .What a shame TPLF Junta.What so ever they turn the Ethiopian Government body are humiliation is their protocol . Did he bought the certificate for PHD.HA HAH HA Weyanit Jock off the Week.

  17. Look I hate the weyane monkeys but being a university graduate in micro biology.. Tedros answers were actually pretty good. Too say that he is stupid based on the fact that he didn’t understand the questions or was stressed is wrong. I would’ve been stressed myself. I actually listened through roughly the whole one hour interview with him. He actually said some intelligent stuff. Now I don’t support the TPLF or the policies he had against Eritrea but he is competent, that’s for sure. This article is biased and wrong. I’m sorry to say that.

    1. And to say that he mumbled some incoherent words that sent the floor laughing is not true. That’s a lie. They were quiet. My question to you all is, should we lie about the Ethiopians as much as they lie about us? Why should we drop down to the weyanes level? Just because they lie about us doesn’t mean that we should do the same. If tesfanews is a serious news outlet than they should remove this article. But I agree on the fact that tedros adhanom should NOT be the leader of WHO.

      1. Tell me, Mr. Microbiologist, at what instance did the audience of public health experts laugh. In other words, what generated the laugh?

    2. Get a grip. This article may be critical but not wrong at all. I listened the entire (all 2 plus hour) as well and he was the worst of all the interviewees. It was very strenuous to listen the French guy, my lord, his accent got me nauseating half way through. In terms of substance however, he was the best. He provided examples and specific solutions. Above all things, he understood the role of HWO as a standard setting cooperative body politic, not a governing agency that your Dr thought of (this where is ignorance was exposed). Lastly, it was shameful to hear your Dr Tedros say that he wanted to adopt western business model to solve healthcare disparities b/n the developed and developing countries. Are you serious? Even the US working towards a single payer system — which means away from market based system. So, unless you are die hard woayne, you must be kidding to say he did a good job. He failed. I would bet you, even his mentor Meles Zenawi would be very disappointed to hear him go down like this representing the continent of Africa.

    3. We are not talking about microbiology here.

      “Would you repeat the question please?” is not the mark of an intelligent person. An intelligent person interrupts the questioner immediately when an inaudible word or statement is expressed. And if the question being asked appears to be very complex or entangled to be answered within the allotted time and within the subject of discussion, the intelligent person dissects the question and involves the questioner if that satisfies him. The questioner at that point might opt to revise it and tailor it in order to generate the kind of an answer that he is seeking from the interviewee.
      And nobody is questioning his competency about public health. I sure am not qualified to do that. But I can assess for sure this person made an ass of himself in that interview with his STUPID “repeat the question” statements.

      1. Hahaha … thanks! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the end, the US firm that Dr Tedros paid to groom him may be good at grooming a stupid dog to look great, but not make its tail wag.

  18. You’ll see if Empire will prize this dude as we come to know that he forwarded developed world health agenda (that of big pharmaceutical corporations to sell) in his case to Africa, vaccines and many other drugs.

  19. yematawerk tadesse · Edit

    Fuck you to those guys who works day and night in order Dr.Tewodros not be elected for WHO!!!!!!!! you know the world community is fair and logical. Please u fucked mind enemies learn from the world community??????

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