Hil­lary Clin­ton makes his­tory Be­comes first woman to head a ma­jor party’s pres­i­den­tial ticket

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THE Demo­cratic Party has made his­tory by nom­i­nat­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton to run for US pres­i­dent as the first woman to head a ma­jor party’s pres­i­den­tial ticket.

Speak­ing via video link from New York after her nom­i­na­tion on Tues­day night, Hil­lary Clin­ton told the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia that she was hon­oured to have been cho­sen as the party’s nom­i­nee.

“I’m so happy. It’s been a great day and night. What an in­cred­i­ble hon­our that you have given me. And I can’t be­lieve that we’ve just put the big­gest crack in that glass ceil­ing yet. Thanks to you and ev­ery­one who has fought so hard to make this pos­si­ble,” she said.

“And if there are any lit­tle girls out there, who have stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may be­come the first woman pres­i­dent, but one of you is next.”

Del­e­gates erupted in cheers through­out the roll call of states on the floor of the con­ven­tion ear­lier in the evening.

“She’s got it. She has the num­bers that are needed,” Al Jazeera’s James Bays said from the con­ven­tion when Clin­ton passed the 2,383 votes needed to se­cure the nom­i­na­tion.

“We knew this was go­ing to hap­pen be­cause ob­vi­ously we knew she was the pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee and that she had all the votes that she needed from the pri­maries. But what hap­pened here was a roll call, state by state an­nounc­ing their votes. How many for Bernie San­ders. How many for Hil­lary Clin­ton. And a great deal of drama in the room.”

In nom­i­nat­ing Clin­ton, del­e­gate after del­e­gate at the con­ven­tion made the point that the se­lec­tion of a woman was a mile­stone in Amer­ica’s 240-year-old his­tory. US women got the right to vote in 1920.

Clin­ton prom­ises to tackle in­come in­equal­ity and rein in Wall Street if she be­comes pres­i­dent, and is ea­ger to por­tray Repub­li­can Party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, a bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man and for­mer re­al­ity TV show host, as too un­sta­ble to sit in the Oval Of­fice.

Trump, who has never held elec­tive of­fice, got a boost in opin­ion polls from his nom­i­na­tion at the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion last week and had a 2-point lead over Clin­ton in a Reuters/Ip­sos opin­ion poll re­leased on Tues­day.

After the roll call of states for­mal­is­ing Clin­ton’s nom­i­na­tion, Bill Clin­ton, the for­mer US pres­i­dent, took the stage for a his­tory-mak­ing ap­pear­ance of his own con­ven­tion. For­mer pres­i­dents of­ten vouch for their po­ten­tial suc­ces­sors, but never be­fore has that can­di­date also been a spouse.

Telling the story of their life to­gether, Bill Clin­ton summed up his wife: “She’s the best darn change maker I’ve ever met.”

He also gave a spir­ited de­fence of his wife’s ten­ure as sec­re­tary of state, telling the con­ven­tion that Hil­lary Clin­ton was in­stru­men­tal in pro­tect­ing Amer­i­can in­ter­ests, com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism and ad­vanc­ing hu­man rights.

She put “cli­mate change at the cen­tre of our for­eign pol­icy” and “backed Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s de­ci­sion to go after Osama bin Laden,” the for­mer pres­i­dent said.

Bill Sch­nei­der, a US po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst, said: “There was a clear mes­sage [in Bill Clin­ton’s speech] — one word: Change. A very im­por­tant word be­cause vot­ers don’t be­lieve she is the can­di­date of change. They think she is the can­di­date of the sta­tus quo.”

Clin­ton’s cam­paign now hopes to move past the dis­sent that marked the con­ven­tion’s open­ing day on Mon­day when sup­port­ers of Bernie San­ders, Clin­ton’s pri­mary ri­val, re­peat­edly in­ter­rupted pro­ceed­ings with boos and chants of “Bernie”.

San­ders took the DNC podium on Mon­day to urge his sup­port­ers to come to­gether and vote for Clin­ton.

Del­e­gates erupted in cheers as San­ders helped to make Clin­ton’s Tues­day night vic­tory of­fi­cial when the roll call got to his home state of Ver­mont — an im­por­tant show of unity for a party try­ing to heal deep di­vi­sions.

Mean­while, al­le­ga­tions that the Krem­lin is re­spon­si­ble for the dam­ag­ing hack of Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee emails may never be con­clu­sively proven, but there is plenty of ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing that Trump’s pres­i­den­tial bid can count on at least some back­ing from Moscow.

That sup­port is some­times more than tacit: in De­cem­ber, months be­fore Trump se­cured the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion, Putin called him “a colour­ful per­son, tal­ented, with­out any doubt” and said: “It’s not our busi­ness to de­cide his mer­its, that’s for US vot­ers, but he is ab­so­lutely the leader in the pres­i­den­tial race.” The Rus­sian pres­i­dent later ap­peared to qual­ify his re­mark.

In turn, Trump has de­scribed Vladimir Putin ap­prov­ingly as a “strong leader” with whom he would have “a very good re­la­tion­ship”.

Mean­while, some of Trump’s most strik­ing pol­icy pro­nounce­ments were very much in Rus­sian in­ter­ests, most spec­tac­u­larly his ques­tion­ing of Nato’s ba­sic tenet, that an at­tack on one mem­ber state would be treated as an at­tack on all, and his cam­paign’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to strip lan­guage on sup­port­ing Ukraine against Rus­sian in­ter­ven­tion from the Repub­li­can man­i­festo. — AFP —

Res­cuers look for sur­vivors un­der de­bris at a dam­aged site in Qamishli yes­ter­day Reuters

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