The race for the top position at the World Health Organization seems like a one-man race, as Germany announced Wednesday that it has nominated Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a new term.
According to the AFP citing diplomatic sources, he appears to be the sole candidate for the position with Germany's nomination secured, as the deadline for submissions is Thursday.
Dr. Tedros has not yet confirmed that he will run for a second five-year term, but a number of diplomatic sources say he would stand.
He has been relatively popular due to his role in steering the WHO's efforts to coordinate the global pandemic response, but his candidacy had been complicated after Ethiopia allegedly withdrew its support over the conflict in his home region of Tigray.
Watchers say, most had predicted that backing would come from a country in Africa, which has generally been content to have one of its own in such high position, and Germany's nomination did come as a surprise.
Dr. Tedros was elected as the head of the WHO in 2017, becoming the first African to take the helm of the UN health agency.