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Encyclopedia > Alí Rodríguez

Alí Rodríguez Araque (born 1937) is a Venezuelan politician, diplomat, and oil adviser to President Hugo Chávez. During the sixties and early seventies, he was active in the marxist guerrilla operating in Venezuela. He was known as "Commander Fausto", allegedly acting as an explosives expert. He was one of the last guerrilla fighter to put down arms, after the so called "appeasement" policy (Pacificación) signaled the end of the armed insurgency. He was pardoned and became involved in parliamentary politics, and was elected to the then National Congress. He acquired a reputation as a negotiator and consensus seeker. He was minister of energy of Venezuela from 1999, when Chávez took office, until 2000. In 2000 he was elected secretary-general of OPEC and served from January 2001 to July 2002. He then became President of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), where he masterminded the firing of more than twenty thousand workers as a retaliation for a failed strike. He remained in that position until November 2004 when Chávez appointed him foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle. As of 2005, Rodríguez is still the foreign minister. 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Oil is a generic term for organic liquids that are not miscible with water. ... Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (born July 28, 1954) is the President of Venezuela. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is made up of Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela; since 1965, its international headquarters have been in Vienna, Austria. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) is the Venezuelan nationally owned petroleum company. ... November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A minister for foreign affairs, or foreign minister, is a cabinet minister that helps to form foreign policy for sovereign nations. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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