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Mexican, Chilean Candidates Tie in Vote for OAS Head

The Organization of American States is trying to elect a new secretary general. Several rounds of voting have ended in a tie between candidates from Chile and Mexico.

Panama's foreign minister says Chilean Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez received 17 votes each during five rounds of voting. Eighteen votes are needed for a win.

OAS diplomats recessed for consultations earlier Monday after the first three rounds of voting at the organization's Washington headquarters. They are again taking a short break.

The two men are running to succeed Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who abruptly resigned in October after only two weeks on the job because of corruption charges in his native Costa Rica.

A third candidate with strong U.S. backing, former El Salvador president Francisco Flores, dropped out of the race last Friday.