OAS head considering Chilean presidency?

June 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization of American States said he is considering a run at the presidency in his native Chile, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

During this week's OAS summit -- held this year in Colombia -- Jose Miguel Insulza remarked how "everybody in politics wants to be president of his country," but he said he wouldn't decide whether he'd run for president until after Chile's municipal elections in October 2008.

Speculation that Insulza might pursue Chile's highest office is not new and some speculate that his tenure as the head of the OAS may have been influenced by his domestic political aspirations.

''If you're a presidential candidate, you feel pressed to follow certain policies for political ambitions,'' Larry Birns, director of the leftist-oriented Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, told the Herald.

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