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'US will soon have a woman President'

Laura Bush predicted that the US soon will have a female president and maybe even Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 09:08 IST

Laura Bush predicted that the US soon will have a female presidentand maybe even Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"I think it will happen for sure,"Laura said about a woman in the White House.

She made the comment in a CNN television interview broadcast on Friday, the day before she leaves for Liberia to attend the inauguration of the first female president in Africa.

"I think it will happen probably in the next few terms of the presidency in the United States," said Laura.

Condoleezza Rice has said she has no desire to be president when President George W Bush's second term expires in 2008, but Laura said, "I've love to see her run. She's terrific."

Senator Hillary Clinton, wife of the former president, has been mentioned as a presidential contender in the Democratic Party.

Mrs Bush leaves tonight for Africa where she will visit Ghana and Nigeria to promote education and AIDS treatment after leading the US delegation attending the swearing-in of Liberia's President-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Monday in Monrovia.

Rice is part of the delegation, as is the president's daughter, Barbara, who worked recently at a paediatric AIDS hospital in South Africa.

"She's interested in the policy surrounding AIDS and what we can do in our country and in other countries around the world to really stop AIDS," Mrs Bush said.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 09:08 IST