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US Senate confirms Kerry as next secretary of state

Published on Jan 30, 2013 6:14 AM
Committee Chairman and U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) arrives after a mark up hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote on the nomination of Kerry to be secretary of State January 29, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state, approving President Barack Obama's pick to replace Hillary Clinton by a wide majority.

The Senate voted 94-3 in favour of Kerry, after the chamber's Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination earlier in the day.

His nomination was pushed through the Senate in a matter of days, given the clear bipartisan support for the 69-year-old veteran Democratic lawmaker, who spent 28 years in the Senate.

Mr Kerry - a senator from Massachusetts best known outside the United States for his unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign - was nominated last month by Mr Obama to take over from Mrs Clinton as the nation's top diplomat.

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