Clin­ton makes his­tory

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton be­came the first woman in his­tory to win the White House nom­i­na­tion of a ma­jor Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal party on July 26, se­cur­ing the back­ing of Democrats at their con­ven­tion here.

The for­mer first lady, sen­a­tor and sec­re­tary of state took a mon­u­men­tal step on her quest to be­come the United States’ first fe­male pres­i­dent, by best­ing party chal­lenger Bernie San­ders.

After a tu­mul­tuous con­ven­tion open­ing which saw San­ders and Clin­ton sup­port­ers trade jeers and chants, cheers erupted as Ms Clin­ton passed the 2382-del­e­gate thresh­old needed for the nom­i­na­tion, set­ting up a show­down with Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump in Novem­ber.

“His­tory,” said a post on her Twit­ter ac­count.

Al­though the out­come was vir­tu­ally a fore­gone conclusion, the stateby-state vote saw rowdy dis­plays on the con­ven­tion floor.

After his del­e­gates had been counted, Mr San­ders took the floor and, in a bid to unify the party, called for a vote by ac­cla­ma­tion.

“I move that Hil­lary Clin­ton be se­lected as the nom­i­nee of the Demo­cratic Party for pres­i­dent of the United States,” he said to deaf­en­ing cheers and fi­nally a cho­rus of “ayes”.

“It’s his­toric. I haven’t taken it all in yet,” Sen­a­tor Tammy Bald­win said.

Ms Clin­ton’s nom­i­na­tion was for­mally put for­ward by Sen­a­tor Bar­bara Mikul­ski of Mary­land, the longest­serv­ing woman in the his­tory of the US Congress. Civil rights icon John Lewis, a con­gress­man from Ge­or­gia, sec­onded the nom­i­na­tion.

The Clin­ton camp is now look­ing to unite the party’s fac­tions.

The first day of the con­ven­tion saw protests and a bit­ter fight over leaked emails that showed party bias against Mr San­ders. Frus­tra­tion boiled over as his del­e­gates jeered speak­ers who men­tioned Ms Clin­ton. –

Photo: AFP

A del­e­gate holds up a Hil­lary Clin­ton mask on the sec­ond day of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia on July 26.

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