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Mexico Predicts Its Candidate Will Head OAS

Mexico is predicting its candidate will become secretary-general of the Organization of American States - despite opposition from the United States.

Mexican President Vicente Fox told reporters Wednesday that Mexico "is going to win."

Tuesday, Mexico proposed Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez to head the OAS. The Bush administration says it is waiting for a consensus candidate from Central America - preferably a former president - to fill the post.

Media reports say the United States favors former President Francisco Flores of El Salvador, the only Latin American country with troops still in Iraq.

The post of OAS secretary-general has been vacant since former Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez resigned in October due to a corruption scandal.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.