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Alí Rodríguez Araque (9 September 1937 – 19 November 2018)[1] was a Muslim Venezuelan politician, lawyer, and diplomat.[2]

Alí Rodríguez Araque
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Alí Rodríguez in 2011
Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba
In office
1 September 2014 – 19 November 2018
Preceded byEdgardo Antonio Ramírez
Succeeded byTBA
Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations
In office
11 June 2012 – 31 July 2014
Preceded byMaría Emma Mejía Vélez
Succeeded byErnesto Samper
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
In office
20 November 2004 – 7 August 2006
PresidentHugo Chavez
Preceded byJesús Pérez
Succeeded byNicolás Maduro
Minister of Finance
In office
June 2008 – January 2010
PresidentHugo Chavez
Preceded byRodrigo Cabezas
Succeeded byJorge Giordani
Personal details
Born(1937-09-09)9 September 1937
Ejido, Mérida, Venezuela
Died19 November 2018(2018-11-19) (aged 81)
Havana, Cuba
Political partyPPT
ProfessionPolitician, diplomat, lawyer

He was the leader of the political party Patria Para Todos ("Fatherland for All") and occupied various positions in the government of President Hugo Chávez, such as oil advisor, General Secretary of OPEC, President of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Minister of External Relations and Ambassador to Cuba. He was appointed as Minister of Finance in June 2008. His last occupation was Ambassador of Venezuela in Cuba since 2014 until his death in 2018.



Born in Ejido, Mérida, he received his legal certification from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 1961. He studied economics, specialising in crude oil[citation needed]; he wrote several works about the energy sector.[citation needed]

During the 1960s and early 1970s, he was active in the Marxist guerrilla movement operating in Venezuela.[citation needed] He was known as "Commander Fausto", allegedly acting as an explosives expert. He was one of the last guerrilla fighters to put down arms, after the so-called "appeasement" policy (Pacificación) signaled the end of the armed insurgency.[citation needed] He was pardoned and became involved in parliamentary politics, and was elected to the then National Congress.[citation needed] He was minister of energy of Venezuela from 1999, when Chávez took office, until 2000.

In 2000 he was elected secretary-general of OPEC and served from January 2001 to July 2002. He then became president of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), where he masterminded the firing of more than 20,000 workers in response to their part in the company's leading role in the Venezuelan general strike of 2002-2003. He remained in that position until November 2004 when Chávez appointed him foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle. On 1 September 2006, Rodríguez was appointed as Ambassador of Venezuela to Cuba.[3] Later he served some time as Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the Andean region in Venezuela[4] before being appointed as Minister of Finance by Chávez on 15 June 2008.[5] He died in Havana on 19 November 2018 at the age of 81.[6]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Alí Rodríguez Araque: El diplomático y revolucionario de las montañas" (in Spanish). PSUV. 2 March 2013. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  3. ^ Ex canciller Rodríguez será nuevo embajador venezolano en Cuba
  4. ^ Últimas Noticias, Monday, 16 June 2008, p. 12
  5. ^ Reporte diario de la economía, Monday, 16 June 2008, p. 19
  6. ^

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Preceded by
Rilwanu Lukman
Secretary General of OPEC
January 2001 – July 2002
Succeeded by
Álvaro Silva Calderón
Preceded by
Jesús Pérez
184th Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs
20 November 2004 – 7 August 2006
Succeeded by
Nicolás Maduro
Preceded by
Venezuelan Minister of Finance
June 2008 – January 2010
Succeeded by