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Chilean Assured Victory in Bid to Become OAS Chief

Jose Miguel Insulza
Chilean Interior Minister Jose Miguel Insulza is set to be confirmed Monday when the Organization of American States' elects a new secretary-general.

The Chilean official is the only remaining candidate in the race to head the OAS after Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez withdrew his candidacy.

Mr. Derbez dropped out of the race Friday following informal discussions last week in Chile involving visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Western Hemisphere foreign ministers.

During a first round of voting in April, Mr. Derbez and Mr. Insulza were deadlocked at 17 votes each.

The OAS post has been vacant since October, when former Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez resigned and returned to his country to face corruption charges.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP, and Reuters.