Clinton named secretary of state

2008-12-01 17:54:00

Clinton named secretary of state   Mrs Clinton has already said she will accept the job US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.The news follows weeks of speculation as to what role the former first lady would play in the Obama administration.Mrs Clinton lost out to Mr Obama when the two contested a bitterly fought race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.At a news conference in Chicago, Mr Obama also announced nominations for other key National Security team posts.Although the two repeatedly clashed during the nomination race, Mrs Clinton went on to campaign for Mr Obama as he took on Republican John McCain in the race for the White House.Complicated agreementFormer president Bill Clinton had cleared the way for his wife's appointment by reaching a complicated agreement on his financial arrangements, reports said. OBAMA'S SECURITY TEAM Secretary of State: Hillary ClintonDefence Secretary: Robert GatesNational Security Adviser: General James JonesDepartment of Homeland Security: Janet NapolitanoAmbassador to the UN: Susan RiceAttorney General: Eric HolderObama's team so farA balanced foreign teamCorrespondents said there had been fears her nomination could falter over the appearance of conflicts of interest between her husband's charitable foundation and lucrative speechmaking schedule.Mr Clinton has agreed to release the list of donors to his foundation by the end of the year, officials overseeing the presidential transition said.He has also agreed to submit future engagements, speeches and sources of income to the State Department and the White House and to take a more behind-the-scenes role in the daily running of his foundation, sources said.The current secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, praised Mrs Clinton as an "inspiration" who would "bring enormous energy and intellect" to the role."And most important I know her to be somebody who has what you need most in this jo... Devamı