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Former Libyan PM, Oil Exec Ghanem Dies in Austria
29/04/2012 18:26:00
Shukri M Ghanem, the former Chairman Libya's National Oil Corporation, and a former prime minister found dead

The Austrian foreign ministry in Vienna said on Sunday, that Libya's former top oil industry official, Shokri Ghanem, has died in Austria of an apparent heart attack,

His body was discovered in Vienna's Danube river, with police spokesman Roman Hahslinger saying his corpse was found floating in the river and showed no external signs of violence. At first he was reported saying that the cause of death was not immediately clear. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Ghanem, 69, had been chairman of Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) before defecting last June during the uprising that toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi.

As NOC chairman since 2006, Ghanem helped steer the country's oil policy and held the high-profile job of representing Libya at OPEC meetings.

He defected to Rome, citing daily bloodshed, and was believed to have been living in Europe since then.

Asked about rumours that Ghanem had died of a heart attack in Austria, a foreign ministry spokesman said: "We have been able to confirm that it is true."
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