COP29 president.

Azerbaijan chose Ecology Minister Mukhtar Babayev, who previously worked for over two decades at the state oil and and gas company, to head the COP29 climate talks, Climate Home News reported.

A bit of déjà vu? Babayev's background is set to reignite the debate over the role of fossil fuel interests in the COP process, with added skepticism that he could pull off what Sultan Al Jaber did.

Anca Gurzu

Chief Europe Correspondent