Who's up for top WHO job?

The field candidates for the top job at the World Health Organization is dominated by a list of current and former WHO insiders, it emerged on Wednesday. Of the 13 nominees to fill the post of director general that was linkurl:left vacant;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23475/ earlier this year by the death of Lee Jong-Wook, four currently hold senior WHO posts and three have former connections to the agency. Lee?s unexpected passing in May forced the WHO to put in place an accelera

Stephen Pincock
Sep 6, 2006
The field candidates for the top job at the World Health Organization is dominated by a list of current and former WHO insiders, it emerged on Wednesday. Of the 13 nominees to fill the post of director general that was linkurl:left vacant;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23475/ earlier this year by the death of Lee Jong-Wook, four currently hold senior WHO posts and three have former connections to the agency. Lee?s unexpected passing in May forced the WHO to put in place an accelerated process for electing a linkurl:new director general;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24063/. The organization?s 192 member nations had until Tuesday to submit names, from which a shortlist will be drawn up for voting upon at a meeting in November. The names of the nominees were made public by the Chairman of the WHO Executive Board, Fernando Antezana Araníbar. They are: --linkurl:Kazem Behbehani;http://www.who.int/dg/lee/adg/behbehani/en/ from Kuwait, WHO Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Governing Bodies --linkurl:Margaret Chan;http://www.who.int/dg/adg/chan/en/ from...

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