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OPEC Nigerian Mohammed Barkindo appointed secretary-general of OPEC

A statement released by OPEC on Thursday said, the former head of Nigerian National Petroleum will replace Libyan Abdalla El-Badri who has held the position since 2007.

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 Mohammed Barkindo , newly-appointed secretary general of OPEC play

 Mohammed Barkindo , newly-appointed secretary general of OPEC

 

Nigerian Mohammed Barkindo has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

A statement released by OPEC on Thursday said, the former head of Nigerian National Petroleum will replace Libyan Abdalla El-Badri who has held the position since 2007.

He was deputy MD of Nigeria LNG, and also as Nigeria’s national representative to Opec for close to two decades.

Although El-Badri’s tenure ended in 2012, the outgoing General Secretary was made to stay in office for 4 more years as OPEC could not agree on a successor.

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Mohammed Barkindo fought off competition from former Secretary-general Mahendra Siregar from Indonesia,

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khaled al-Falih is reported by BDLive.com to have said,

"We’ve finally selected the secretary-general, which is good. He’s highly respected and qualified".

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