Press Memorandum: Who Will Be the Next Leader of the Organization of American States?
- Subject: Press Memorandum: Who Will Be the Next Leader of the Organization of American States?
- From: "Council On Hemispheric Affairs" <coha at coha.org>
- Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:52:49 -0400
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Who will be the next leader of the Organization of American States?
• A battle has broken out in the race
for the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)
after the recently elected Miguel Angel Rodríguez resigned from his post on
October 15. He stepped down as Secretary General after a scandal broke loose
four weeks ago involving a bribe he accepted while he was President of Costa
The resignation of former Costa Rican President
Miguel Angel Rodríguez (President from 1998-2002) as Secretary General of the
OAS has pitched the regional organization into perhaps the greatest crisis of
its history. Less than three weeks after Rodríguez assumed his new post as OAS
chief, Costa Rican newspaper La Nación reported his
involvement in a mysterious transaction with his long-time protégé, José Antonio
Lobo Solera, and the French communications company
Alcatel. Rodriguez is accused of receiving part of a $2.2 million “prize” that
Lobo obtained from Alcatel when the latter served as head of the Instituto Costarricence de Electricidad (ICE). The accusations allege that the bribe
was paid to expedite the granting of a major cellular phone contract for
This analysis was
prepared by Alex Sánchez, COHA Research Fellow.
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