OAS approves to investigate Almagro for alleged affair with a worker

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved this Friday a resolution so that an external company investigate the accusations against its general secretary, Luis Almagro, for “alleged misconduct” by having an affair with a Mexican worker.

The draft resolution, dated November 9, sponsored by Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru -was launched by the missions of Antigua and Barbuda and Uruguay-, provided for an external company to investigate Almagro’s conduct.

The approval of the resolution, contained on page Web official of the OAS, explains that finally it will be an external company that investigates the accusations against Almagro, which were carried out both by an Associated Press journalist (AP) and by an anonymous whistleblower via email to the OAS.

Among the measures established by the organization, the company in question is instructed to “submit a report directly to the Chair of the Permanent Council within three months, which will make it available to the Council without delay.”

According to reports in the media, Almagro faces two parallel investigations: one related to the dismissal of an employee at his official residence and another for maintaining a relationship with an official of the organization, having allegedly violated the code of ethics.

The woman, who was not identified, has been on unpaid leave since June, he said. AP.

Almagrowho has led the Washington-based OAS since 2015, previously served as foreign minister in his native Uruguay. He is separated from his wifeadded AP.

The accusations came just weeks after the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) fired President Mauricio Claver-Carone after accusations, which he denies, that he had a relationship with a subordinate.

The OAS ethics standards they say staff should not engage in intimate relationships when they interfere with the performance of their duties or “harm others in the workplace.” (Europe Press and Reuters)