OPEC says Nigeria's Barkindo new secretary general

OPEC says Nigeria's Barkindo new secretary general

Vienna (AFP) - The OPEC oil cartel said Thursday that it has appointed Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo as its new secretary general.

Barkindo, former head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp, will replace Libyan Abdalla El-Badri who has held the position since 2007.

Badri was due to step down in 2012 but has stayed in place because OPEC has been unable to agree on a successor.

Other candidates were Ali Rodriguez Araque, previously secretary general in 2001-2002, and Mahendra Siregar of Indonesia.

"We've finally selected the secretary general, which is good. He's highly respected and qualified," said Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khaled al-Falih.