El uruguayo Luis Almagro asume este martes la Secretaría General de la OEA en un momento de profunda división entre sus miembros sobre el papel que debe desempeñar la institución, debilitada y en crisis en un contexto de alianzas regionales en ascenso como UNASUR y CELAC. Avalado por su gestión como canciller del expresidente uruguayo José Mujica, Almagro busca "renovar" una Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) cuestionada por los propios países que la integran y que arrastra un problema crónico de falta de fondos por el retraso en los pagos de las cuotas.
El diplomático fue el único candidato que se postuló para relevar al frente del organismo al chileno José Miguel Insulza y en la elección por voto secreto obtuvo el apoyo de todos los países miembros, salvo una abstención cuya autoría nunca se confirmó.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
CARIFESTA Coming Haiti will host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts August 21 to 30
Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend. The former Caracas area mayor accused authorities in a video leaked to news media on Saturday of killing dozens of people during 2014 protests. More than 40 deaths on all sides were reported in those demonstrations. Lopez has been held in a military prison for more than a year on charges related to his role in leading last year's protests against the South American country's socialist administration.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
The Mission will observe the election and analyze aspects regarding electoral organization, constituency boundaries, electoral technology, political financing and the equal participation of men and women in the electoral process. In the days leading up to the election, the OAS/EOM will meet with electoral authorities, representatives of political parties, government officials, as well as members of the media and civil society organizations to learn about the preparations of the electoral process. On election day, members of the Mission will visit polling stations across the country to observe the various stages of the process from the opening of the polls to the counting, tabulation and dissemination of the results.
The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an Electoral Observation Mission to the general elections in Suriname that will take place on May 25, according to the agreement signed today between the hemispheric institution and the government of the South American country. The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, recalled that the election will take place on his last day at the head of the Organization. “Therefore you will have one Secretary General the day of the elections, and probably a statement by a different Secretary General the next day. And I´m very proud of that, I think it’s a sign of the continuity of the Organization, which is something of great importance to us and we are grateful to Suriname for this occasion to show that this Organization never stops working even if it’s changing its Secretary General from one day to the next.”