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United States Senate panel approves Kerry for secretary of state

Published on Jan 29, 2013 11:36 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. Senator John Kerry on Tuesday won the unanimous support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to replace Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's new secretary of state.

The full Senate was expected to confirm Mr Kerry later on Tuesday.

The five-term senator and 2004 failed presidential candidate has broad support from fellow Democrats as well as Republicans in the Senate.

In a signal of the strong support for Mr Kerry, the committee members signed a resolution praising Mr Kerry's work in the Senate before they voted to support his confirmation.

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