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John Kerry is next US secretary of state

Posted on Dec 22, 12:52PM | IBNS

US President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's next secretary of state.

Referring to the 69-year-old Kerry as the "perfect choice", Obama said: "Over the years, John has earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training."

In 2004, Kerry was narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent George W. Bush in the US presidential election.

Kerry was not Obama's first choice for the job. The President had originally planned to nominate Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations.

However, Rice had last week asked Obama to withdraw her candidature for the post.