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WHO announces 13 candidates for the post of director general

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.567 (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:567
  1. Anne Glusker
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization has announced the candidates for its top post of director general, one of the most powerful positions in international public health, after the death of the previous incumbent, Lee Jong-wook, in May (BMJ 2006;332: 1234).


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    Candidates for the post of director general at WHO include (clockwise from top left): Dr Kazem Behbehani, from Kuwait; Dr Margaret Chan, China; Dr Alfredo Palacio González, Ecuador; Dr Bernard Kouchner, France; Dr Shigeru Omi, Japan; Dr Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, Mozambique; Mr David Gunnarsson, Iceland; and Dr Julio Frenk, Mexico

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    The 13 are a disparate group, and the timing of the election is unusual, because of Dr Lee's sudden death. The leading contenders include Julio Frenk, Mexico's minister of …

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