Sulaiman al-Herbish confident he will become OPEC secretary general

Jun 22, 1999 02:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's candidate for the post of OPEC secretary general voiced confidence in a newspaper interview published today that he will be appointed to the key job in September.
Sulaiman al-Herbish told the Okaz newspaper: "My candidacy reflects the importance the kingdom gives to OPEC and the stability of the oil markets."
Herbish, who has been at the centre of Saudi efforts over the past 17 months to halt the oil price slump, recalled that Riyadh had not held the secretary generalship for 32 years.
"Saudi Arabia has a major chance of taking the job," said the 56-year-old, who heads several firms in the Saudi oil industry.
"Saudi Arabia is a founding member and carries weight within OPEC ... and maintains good relations with producing and exporting countries."
Herbish said he was the sole declared candidate to take over from Rilwanu Lukman of Nigeria, who was appointed presidential advisor on oil and energy affairs in Abuja at the end of May.
But other candidates could comeforward before the OPEC ministerial conference in Vienna on September 22 chooses Lukman's successor.
Appointed Saudi's OPEC governor in 1990, Herbish would become the second Saudi national to hold the post after Mohammad Saleh Jokhadar in 1967.
He entered the kingdom's oil ministry in 1962 after taking a BA in political science from Cairo university and an MA in the United States.

Source: AFP via Iinoil
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