Iraq to Nominate Candidate for OPEC Secretary General Post

Iraq will nominate a candidate for the post of OPEC secretary general to succeed Ali Rodriguez when he steps down in June, Oil Minister Amer Mohammed Rashid said in remarks published Tuesday.

"Iraq will look into the situation in light of the departure of the incumbent secretary general Ali Rodriguez and will nominate a candidate for the post," he told visiting Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro on Monday, quoted in newspapers.

Rodriguez has been nominated to head PDVSA oil company in his native Venezuela, but he will stay on at least until the cartel's next ministerial meeting on June 26. Rodriguez beat Iraqi and Saudi candidates to be named secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in November 2000, and assumed the post in January the following year. Iraq's candidate at the time was Abdul Amir al-Anbari, its then representative in the organization who has since been named ambassador to UNESCO in Paris.