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Senate approves Kerry nomination

2013-01-29 18:06

Washington - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state.

With no opposition to the choice, the panel approved Kerry by voice vote on Tuesday.

The full Senate is expected to vote later on Tuesday.

Obama chose the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.

Kerry has served on the Foreign Relations panel for 28 years and led the committee for the past four.