Se­nate con­firms Kerry as sec­re­tary of state

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

The U.S. Se­nate over­whelm­ingly con­firmed U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s choice of Sen. John Kerry, 69, to be sec­re­tary of state, with Repub­li­cans and Democrats prais­ing him as the ideal suc­ces­sor to Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton. The vote Tues­day was 94-3. One se­na­tor — Kerry — voted present and ac­cepted con­grat­u­la­tions from col­leagues on the Se­nate floor. The roll call came just hours af­ter the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee unan­i­mously ap­proved the man who has led the panel for the past four years. Kerry could be sworn in as early as Wed­nes­day.

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