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Alí Rodríguez Araque
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Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba
In office
1 September 2014 – 19 November 2018
Preceded by Edgardo Antonio Ramírez
Succeeded by TBA
Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations
In office
11 June 2012 – 31 July 2014
Preceded by María Emma Mejía Vélez
Succeeded by Ernesto Samper
Minister of Finance of Venezuela
In office
June 2008 – January 2010
President Hugo Chavez
Preceded by Rafael Isea
Succeeded by Jorge Giordani
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
In office
20 November 2004 – 7 August 2006
President Hugo Chavez
Preceded by Jesús Pérez
Succeeded by Nicolás Maduro
22nd Secretary General of OPEC
In office
1 January 2001 – 30 June 2002
Preceded by Rilwanu Lukman
Succeeded by Álvaro Silva Calderón
Personal details
Born (1937-09-09)9 September 1937
Ejido, Mérida, Venezuela
Died 19 November 2018(2018-11-19) (aged 81)
Havana, Cuba
Political party PPT
Profession Politician, diplomat, lawyer

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

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; he wrote several works about the energy sector.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, he was active in the Marxist guerrilla movement operating in Venezuela. 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. He was pardoned and became involved in parliamentary politics, and was elected to the then National Congress. 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. Later he served some time as Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the Andean region in Venezuela before being appointed as Minister of Finance by Chávez on 15 June 2008. He died in Havana on 19 November 2018 at the age of 81.

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  • List of Venezuelans
  • List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
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