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Antigua and Barbuda assumes Chair of Permanent Council after OAS Representative from Peru Appointed as Interior Minister

  November 18, 2013

The Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organization of American States (OAS), Deborah-Mae Lovell, will act as Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution following the appointment of the previous Chair and Permanent Representative of Peru, Walter Albán, as Interior Minister of his country. Ambassador Albán was named to the position by the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala.

Ambassador Lovell was Vice Chair of the Permanent Council and will act as Chair until Peru designates a new Permanent Representative to complete the Peruvian mandate, which runs until December 31. The diplomat from Antigua and Barbuda has been the Permanent Representative to the Organization since September 2004.

During the time that Antigua and Barbuda holds the Chair of the Permanent Council, the Vice Chair shall be held by Argentina. Continuing with the order of precedence, on January 1 the Dominican Republic will assume as Chair and Venezuela will take over as Vice Chair.

The Statute of the Permanent Council establishes that the Chair should be held by each member state’s Permanent Representative, in the alphabetical order of the names in Spanish of their respective countries, and the Vice Chair, in the same way, following reverse alphabetical order.

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Reference: E-458/13