Who Will Lead WHO?

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Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 167
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.167

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GENEVA-- After 10 years of what is widely perceived as lackluster leadership from current chief Hiroshi Nakajima, whose tenure expires on 20 July, the international public health community is eager to see a visionary take his place. Yet there is an undercurrent of fear that when WHO's 32-member executive board meets later this month, the regional rivalries and horse trading that often mark United Nations politics will play a hand in the selection of WHO's new leader. While seven candidates are vying for the job, observers within and outside WHO say that four are clear front-runners. Science lists them here.