Venezuela Nominates Ali Rodriguez next Secretary General OPEC

Saudi Arabia/Dubai:
On May 25, Wednesday, according to three source, Mr. Ali Rodriguez, who was the former OPEC Secretary-General from January 2001 through June of 2002, and also formerly a Venezuelan oil minister, has again been nominated to be the next Secretary-General for the oil producer OPEC.


Venezuela is the fourth-largest oil exporter in the world and a leading member of OPEC, which consists of 11 member countries. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) wanted to replace Abdullah al-Badri, who was was the former Secretary-General who ended his term in July after being nominated by Ms. Norka for the position in December.


President Hugo Chavez was behind the election of Mr. Rodriguez, who together had an interest in Venezuelan economy to keep oil prices high by limiting production in the other member countries.

Meanwhile, Nigeria named Mohammed Barkindo, the previous head of oil corporation Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as their next Secretary-General. Nigeris is also a major oil exporter and plays a major part in the country’s politics, as well as Venezuela.

Others from the 11-member countries include Ecuador and Indonesia, who has nominated two candidates, as well as Iran and Iraq who had recent nominations.