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OPEC can elect new secretary general in January 2022 — source

The new secretary general will be elected at the extraordinary meeting

MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. Ministers of OPEC member-states ended the meeting, during which the proposal was made to call an extraordinary meeting of the organization in January where the candidacy of the new secretary general can be determined, a source participating in talks told TASS.

The powers of incumbent OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo will expire in July 2022.

"The meeting ended. A decision was made to call the next one, separately from non-OPEC countries. The new secretary general will be elected there," the source said, without detailing the date.

According to the OPEC Statute, the secretary general is elected for the term of three years and can be reelected only once.