Monday, December 1, 2008

Obama presents new cabinet

Published: Monday 01 December 2008 18:45 UTC
Last updated: Monday 01 December 2008 18:45 UTC
US president elect Barack Obama has announced who will be nominated for the key positions in the new government. Most of the nominations had been leaked beforehand. Mr Obama's former rival for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton will become secretary of state, the Republican Robert Gates will stay on as defense secretary. Former Marine Corps general James Jones has been nominated as national security advisor.

Eric Holder is the intended new Attorney General and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has been nominated head of the Department of Homeland Security, which was created in the wake of 9/11. New York Central Bank President Timothy Geithner has been chosen to become secretary of the treasury.

Noteworthy is that Mr Obama has appointed many ministers and advisors who also played a role in former president Bill Clinton's cabinet. Former secretary of the treasury Lawrence Summers will lead the National Economic Council, Susan Rice, former deputy secretary of state, will become the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

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