BBC News
October 14, 2010

Iran will assume the presidency of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) for the first time in 36 years.

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The country’s oil minister was elected as Opec president at a one-day meeting of the group, which is made up of 12 oil producing states.

Masoud Mir-Kazemi will hold the presidency from 1 January 2011.

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Iran, which takes over from Ecuador, is Opec’s second-largest oil producer and holds about 10% of world oil reserves.

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