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Am not retiring from philanthropy: Hillary Clinton

Posted on Jan 30, 09:53PM | IBNS

Washington, Jan 30 : As outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepared to hand over her State Department responsibilities to John Kerry, the 65-year-old on Tuesday said she is retiring from politics for now but not retiring from her philanthropic works.

"I have absolutely no plans to run. I am out of politics right now." Clinton told CNN.

According to reports in other media, Clinton is planning to help the foundation 'Clinton Global Initiative' led by her husband and former President Bill Clinton.

She has also asserted that she has no inclination towards a presidential run in 2016.

"Well, I am not thinking about anything like that right now. I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state, and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation," she said speaking to US media.

She confirmed that right now she planned to refocus her efforts after stepping down on speaking and writing and working on behalf of women and girls.

"I'm very proud of what my husband has done in the last 10 years. We are going to look to see how we can join our efforts together," she was quoted as saying.

Acknowledging their daughter, Chelsea's philanthropic work after Tropical Storm Sandy, Clinton said, "We just have public service in our DNA."

Clinton also accepted her in capability in solving some of the problems in some of the world's hot spots during her reign, but claimed that she assumed the job four years ago at a time of great uncertainty.

"I think we have to go back to my beginning in January '09 to remember how poorly perceived the United States was, how badly damaged our reputation was, how our leadership was in question, how the economic crisis had really shaken people's confidence in our government, our economic system, our country," she had told reporters.

Therefore, her initial efforts were to restore international confidence in American leadership, "sometimes against pretty tough odds," which included a crisis in the world's economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she had said.

"I'm very proud of what we've done. We began to practice diplomacy in a different way -- not that we jettisoned everything done before, but added new tools to the box," she was quoted as saying.

Speaking on Obama administration's failure to appoint a woman to any of the top four Cabinet positions, she said, "What we have to do is take a look at the broad picture."

"I think there is still a ways to go until we have the kind of critical mass that I want to see," she had said igniting a ray of hope.

"It is up to me to make a decision on my own future. I right now am not inclined to do that. But I will do everything I can to make sure that women compete at the highest levels, not only in the United States but around the world," she said.

"I've had a job ever since I was 13 years old. When I wasn't in school, I was working. I think it's going to take some adjustment," Clinton stated at a time when she is about to transfer the onus of State Department to John Kerry.

"I've got enormous amounts of energy that have to be harnessed and focused. I'm looking forward to this next chapter of my life, whatever it is," she had added.