CARACAS Oct 18 Venezuela has tapped its
vice-minister for hydrocarbons to be the South American
country's new governor to OPEC, as the recession-hit country
pushes for a deal to push up oil prices.
Angel Gonzalez has replaced former governor Ivan Orellana in
Vienna, according to the website of the Organization of the
Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
It was not immediately clear when the change occurred and
why Orellana was replaced. It was also unclear who would replace
Gonzalez, a geophysical engineer who has worked in Venezuela's
oil sector for decades.
Venezuela's Oil Ministry did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.
Price hawk Venezuela for months has been seeking a deal to
support oil prices as it wrestles with a deep economic crisis
that has food running short and inflation in triple digits.
(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; editing by Diane Craft)