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Venezuela president names new economy czar, oil minister
January 4, 2017 / 11:27 PM / 9 months ago

Venezuela president names new economy czar, oil minister

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) shakes hands with Venezuela's new Vice-President Tarek El Aissami (R) during a meeting with ministers at 4F military fort in Caracas, Venezuela January 4, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday named legislator Ramon Lobo as the country’s new economy czar and tapped oil industry veteran Nelson Martinez, who has led U.S. owned refiner Citgo [PDVSAC.UL], to serve as oil minister.

Eulogio Del Pino, who has been serving as both oil minister and president of state oil company PDVSA, will stay on as president of PDVSA [PDVSA.UL], Maduro said during a televised broadcast.

Reporting by Brian Ellsworth, editing by G Crosse

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