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Hillary Clinton confirmed as secretary of state

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, clearing the way for her to take the oath of office and become the nation's top diplomat.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 21:53 IST

The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, clearing the way for her to take the oath of office and become the nation's top diplomat.

Hours after Barack Obama's inauguration, the Senate swiftly approved six members of the new president's cabinet, but the confirmation of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state was delayed after Republican John Cornyn objected to the unanimous vote.

Cornyn said he still had concerns about foreign donations to the foundation headed by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.