OAS chief resigns after bribery allegations, political pressure

Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the recently appointed head of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Costa Rican president, resigned abruptly Friday after allegations that he was involved in a bribery scandal. Read his letter of resignation here. Watch recorded video of today's Extraordinary Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council at which the resignation was announced here (in Spanish).

Rodriguez was informed that he will not be immune from prosecution on the bribery allegation, which sets forth that he accepted $140,000 from a French telephone company. He will be succeeded by Luigi Einaudi, an American and former State Department Official. Earlier this week, Costa Rica's president asked Rodriguez to resign. OAS is the world's oldest regional organization and premiere forum for multilateral dialogue. AP has more.

 

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