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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In an unexpectedly decisive outcome, the members of the Organization of American States (OAS) yesterday confirmed the current Secretary General Luis Almagro for a further five-year term of office.

Almagro garnered 23 votes, while his rival candidate María Fernanda Espinosa, a former Foreign Minister of Ecuador, obtained only ten votes; a majority required 18 votes. As a result, the OAS decided by majority vote in favor of continuity of Almagro's sometimes controversial policies.

More "progressive" forces had hoped for an election victory for Espinosa. In recent years, the OAS under Almagro had increasingly . . .

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