The Straits Times
Published on Dec 21, 2012

Obama to nominate John Kerry as secretary of state


WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry, a veteran foreign policy hand and former presidential candidate, as his next secretary of state on Friday, a US official said.

An official announcement on the appointment of the Vietnam war veteran who will succeed Hillary Clinton as the top US diplomat was expected later on Friday, the official said.

Kerry, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to win easy confirmation from his colleagues in the chamber, and is a well known figure on the world stage.

The Massachusetts senator has rehabilitated his career since narrowly losing the 2004 presidential race to president George W. Bush, after a campaign that included savage attacks on his career as a swift boat commander in Vietnam.