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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s oil czar introduced his resignation Monday as officers examine alleged corruption amongst public officers within the state oil business and different elements of the federal government.

Tareck El Aissami introduced his resignation on Twitter and pledged to assist the investigation into any allegations involving Petroleos de Venezuela SA, generally often known as PDVSA, whereas additionally providing help to President Nicolás Maduro’s anti-corruption marketing campaign.

Venezuela’s Anti-Corruption Police final week introduced an investigation into unnamed public officers within the oil business, the justice system and in some municipalities, although they didn’t cite PDVSA. The lawyer normal mentioned Sunday that some officers had been arrested, however didn’t give particulars.

El Aissami couldn’t instantly be reached Monday.

Corruption has lengthy been rampant in Venezuela, which sits atop the world’s largest petroleum reserves. However officers are not often held accountable — a significant irritant to residents, nearly all of whom reside on $1.90 a day, the worldwide benchmark of maximum poverty.

The U.S. authorities designated El Aissami, a robust Maduro ally, a narcotics kingpin in 2017 in reference to actions in his earlier positions as inside minister and governor. The Treasury Division alleged “he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of over 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on a number of events, together with these with the ultimate locations of Mexico and the USA.”

Underneath the federal government of the late President Hugo Chávez, El Aissami headed the Ministry of Inside Affairs. He was appointed minister of oil on April 2020.