The former group-managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mohammed Barkindo, has been appointed secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

OPEC announced the appointment at its meeting in Vienna, the Austrian capital, on Thursday.

Mohammed Barkindo is slated to begin his term as OPEC SG in July

Mr. Barkindo served as the NNPC director from 2009 to 2010 and as the acting secretary-general of OPEC in 2006. He was nominated for the position by the Nigerian government.

The former NNPC leader will replace Libyan oil minister Abdalla El-Badri, who is currently serving as the acting secretary-general. He was elected to the position in December 2015 after OPEC members failed to meet the required consensus to appoint a new leader. Mr. El-Badri’s provisional term will expire in July, after which Mr. Barkindo will assume office and serve as secretary-general for the next three years.

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