CHICAGO: US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state. Addressing a new conference Chicago, President-elect Obama described the former first lady as a woman of “tremendous stature” who had his “complete confidence”.
He said, “She’s an American of tremendous stature who will have my complete confidence, who knows many of the world’s leaders, who will command respect in every capital, and who will clearly have the ability to advance our interests around the world.” “Hillary’s appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances”, he added.
Hillary Clinton lost out to Obama when the two contested a bitterly fought race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Us president-elect Obama also announced nominations for other key National Security team posts as he said, “the time had come for a “new dawn of American leadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, and to seize the opportunities embedded in those challenges”.
He also announced that Robert Gates would remain as defence secretary, while retired Marine Gen. James Jones was named as White House national security adviser. Meanwhile, former Justice Department official Eric Holder was nominated as attorney general and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.-SANA