1019 GMT October 25, 2020
Deputy Oil Minister Zamaninia was named in May as Iran’s ad-hoc OPEC governor. Ardebili died on May 16 of a brain hemorrhage two weeks after falling into a coma.
Ardebili, 68, died at a hospital in capital Tehran.
The veteran politician was appointed governor to the OPEC oil group in 1985. He had also served as Iran's ambassador to Japan from 1990 to 1995.
Kazempour Ardebili was a survivor of the 1981 bombing of the Islamic Republic Party headquarters by the MKO terrorist cult in Tehran which killed 73 top Iranian officials. He was serving as trade minister at the time, appointed the year before.
Iran is a founding member of OPEC, sitting on the world's fourth-biggest oil reserves and largest gas reserves.
The oil industry is on the frontline of the US economic war on Iran, because it accounts for a major portion of the country's hard currency earnings.