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Ecuador president-elect names businessman as energy minister

Date: May 21, 2021

Ecuador’s President-elect Guillermo Lasso on Thursday named a businessman from a private agroindustrial and real estate conglomerate as the country’s next energy minister, tasking him with tackling corruption in the Andean nation’s oil sector.

Roberto Salas, an economist currently serving as Nobis’ vice president, had also previously worked in countries including Chile, Costa Rica and Brazil, but does not have prior oil sector experience.

“I trust, Robert, that you will oversee an administration that fights against corruption, we will break the chains of corruption in the sale of Ecuadorean oil,” Lasso, a conservative ex-banker who takes office on May 24, said in an event where he also announced other new ministers.

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