Secretary of the OAS, investigated for relationship with a subordinate

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Washington (EFE) sources familiar with the matter.

The “recently” opened trial assesses whether the relationship with this woman, whom according to the source “everyone knows is his girlfriend”, violates the internal ethical rules of this Washington-based institution which holds its assembly these days here in Lima.

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro in a file photo. EFE/Paolo Aguilar

These rules of procedure, as learned by the EFE, state that “staff members and other service providers shall not allow any relationship with another staff member or service provider to interfere with the exercise of their their duties or disadvantage others in the workplace”.

It also establishes that those who have an intimate relationship with another staff member or service provider “shall be disqualified from supervising or evaluating that person” and may not “participate in any process in which an administrative decision affecting the interests of that person nobody.

The woman in question works in the Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy and not in the office of the Secretary General, so she is not under Almagro’s mandate, the source added to EFE.

It’s not a secret

In the biography “Luis Almagro. He does not ask for forgiveness”, which Martín Natalevich and Gonzalo Ferreira published in 2020, the relationship between the two has already been mentioned.

In the book, which contains interviews with Almagro and with the woman named in the investigation, the secretary general assures that she was part of his “closest circle” at the OAS.

The authors specify that the Uruguayan began a relationship with the woman, who had been working in the organization since before Almagro’s arrival, after his second divorce. His last three couples, assures the text, “he met them at work”.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro. EFE/Paolo Aguilar

“The female sex had a very important strength. A very important driver,” the secretary-general explains in the book.

Almagro, a former Uruguayan foreign minister, has headed the OAS since 2015 and was renewed for a second five-year term in March 2020.

Claver–Carone case

His investigation became known only two weeks after the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) voted by majority to dismiss its president, Mauricio Claver-Carone, for having an affair with a subordinate.

This vote is the result of an investigation that an external agency conducted for months, after an anonymous complaint, and which showed sufficient evidence that Claver-Carone was having an affair, which goes against the internal regulations. of the agency itself.

Despite his dismissal, the American of Cuban origin, appointed by the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021) shortly before the presidential election won by Joe Biden at the end of 2020, continues to proclaim his innocence and assures that there is no has no evidence that confirms the relationship, a few pretexts that did not prevent his dismissal and the opening of a process to elect a new president.

Web edition: Natalia Sarmiento.

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