Celestino Armas

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Celestino Armas
Minister for Information and Tourism
In office
President Carlos Andrés Pérez
Preceded by Diego Arria
Minister for Energy and Mines
In office
President Carlos Andrés Pérez
Succeeded by Alirio Parra
Secretary of the Presidency
In office
President Carlos Andrés Pérez
Personal details
Born (1935-12-15)15 December 1935
Barcelona, Anzoátegui
Died 16 January 2011(2011-01-16)
Profession politician, engineer

Celestino Armas (Barcelona, Anzoátegui, 15 December 1935[1] - 16 January 2011[2]), was a Venezuelan engineer and politician. He held a number of ministerial positions in the First Presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez (playing a key role in the 1976 nationalization of the oil industry[2]) and in the Second Presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez. As Minister for Energy and Mines (1989 - 1992), he was elected President of OPEC in June 1991.[3]

He obtained a degree in engineering from the Central University of Venezuela, and a postgraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines.[2]


  1. ^ (Spanish) civ.net.ve, 20 January 2011, Falleció en Caracas el Ing. Celestino Armas
  2. ^ a b c (Spanish) PetroFinanzas, 17 January 2011, Falleció el exministro Celestino Armas, accessed 24 May 2012
  3. ^ Youssef M Ibrahim, New York Times, 5 June 1991, Iraqi Plea on Exports Rejected at OPEC Talks