Thursday, December 16, 2004

What's a young ex-president to do?

Francisco Flores, who handed over the reigns of El Salvador's presidency to Tony Saca earlier this year is looking for a job. Elected El Salvador's president at the age of 39 in 1999, he was out of a job at the conclusion of his five year term. (The president cannot serve more than a single term). Now Central American countries are lining up to support Flores for the position of Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The U.S. is also said to have a preference for Flores. One black mark against Flores in other Latin American countries was his very quick backing of the short-lived coup in Venezuela which attempted to overthrow the government of Hugo Chavez.

This story from the Santiago Times discusses the various candidates for leadership of the OAS. Others in the running are the ex-foreign minister of Mexico and the interior minister of Chile.

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