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U.S. to Back Chilean for Another Term as OAS Chief

WASHINGTON – The United States will support Chile’s Jose Miguel Insulza in his bid for another five years as head of the Organization of American States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in a letter to the OAS secretary-general that was seen by Efe.

In the letter, Clinton said that it was a “pleasure” to inform Insulza that the Barack Obama administration will support his reelection and that of the assistant secretary-general, Alberto Ramdin, of Suriname, at Wednesday’s special OAS General Assembly in the U.S. capital.

The vote of confidence by Washington comes despite the campaign against Insulza launched a month ago by certain Republican lawmakers and the editorial page of The Washington Post.

Conservative pundits and lawmakers say Insulza has been insufficiently critical of the leftist governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Clinton told Insulza the United States would be happy to see him and Ramdin re-elected by acclamation on Wednesday, which will likely happen provided no other member-state demands a roll-call vote.

The Chilean and Ramdin are, at the present time, the only candidates and both are virtually assured of receiving the 18 votes required to retain their posts for the 2010-2015 term. EFE
 

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