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Encyclopedia > Ali Rodriguez

Ali Rodriguez Araque (born 1937) is a Venezuelan politician, diplomat, and oil adviser to President Hugo Chavez. He was minister of energy of Venezuela from 1999, when Chavez 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). He remained in that position until November 2004 when Chavez appointed him foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle. As of 2005, Rodriguez is still the foreign minister.




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Asia Times: OPEC's loss is Venezuela's gain (1126 words)
Rodriguez, who was named secretary general of OPEC after serving as energy minister in Venezuela, said on Monday that he was waiting to be sworn in, along with the rest of the new PDVSA board of directors, before heading to Vienna to prepare his departure from OPEC.
To rectify that decision, the president called on Rodriguez, who is supported as the man for the post by all sides in Venezuela's highly charged atmosphere, because of his deep knowledge of the oil industry, his openness to dialogue, his political skills and his position as a close adviser to Chavez.
Rodriguez, 65, was a commander of an extreme leftist guerrilla group in Venezuela in the 1960s and early 1970s, after which he became an expert in the oil industry, and was elected to parliament representing a workers' party.
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