Chicago: US President-elect Barack Obama has named former Democrat rival Senator Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State in his incoming administration and retained Robert Gates as the Defence Secretary.
The team of Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden also officially announced other key members of their cabinet, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and General Jim Jones as the new National Security Adviser.
“In this uncertain world, the time has come for a new beginning, a new dawn of American leadership to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, and to seize the opportunities embedded in those challenges,” Obama said in a statement issued by his transition team.
“To succeed, a new strategy should be pursued that skillfully uses, balances, and integrates all elements of American power — military and diplomacy, intelligence and law enforcement, economy and the power of ‘our moral example’,” the country’s first African-American President said.
“The team that we have assembled here today is uniquely suited to do just that. They share my pragmatism about the use of power, and my sense of purpose about America’s role as a leader in the world,” Obama, who will be taking office as the 44th US President on 20 January next year,said.
Biden said: “It is an honour to be a part of this team, led by the President-elect.”
“The team will see to it that America can lead the world not only by the example of our power, but also by the power of our example,” he said.
“I believe we have assembled a national security team that is poised to recapture the totality of America’s strength,” the Vice President-elect said.
Obama had won the 4 November presidential election defeating Republican rival John McCain.
His choice of Hillary as the Secretary of State brings the curtains on a bitter battle for Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year.