Algeria Replaces Oil Minister Ahead of OPEC Meeting — State News Agency

15 May 2015   Algeria

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has replaced the country’s oil minister ahead of a crucial OPEC meeting, the country’s state-run news service said on Thursday. Salah Khebri, a consultant and the former head of the Algerian Petroleum Institute, replaces Youcef Yousfi as the country’s minister of energy and mines, said APS, the news agency. Mr. Yousfi, 74 years old, a long-serving Algerian politician, was the president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in 1998 and 1999. He was named oil minister in 2010. Algeria will be among 12 OPEC nations that gather in Vienna on June 5 to decide whether to continue pumping increasing amounts of oil in the face of falling prices. Like other OPEC nations, Algeria’s budget is highly dependent on oil revenue and has been hurt by prices that have fallen by more than 40% since last summer. Mr. […]

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