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Senate Committee votes for Tillerson
08:48, 24 January 2017
Senate Committee votes for Tillerson

Senate panel clears Tillerson's path to be US state secretary

08:48, 24 January 2017

Reuters

The President of America Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state Rex Tillerson, narrowly won approval from a Senate committee on Monday, 23 January, but is to be confirmed by the full Senate. This was reported by Reuters.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every Republican backing the former oil executive and every Democrat opposing him.

Tillerson's confirmation by the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold 52 seats, is not expected before next week. Democrats want more time to debate and the chamber may not be in session all this week.

Related: Tillerson about Crimea: Russia seized territory that did not belong to it

Democrats said they voted against Tillerson over fears he might lift sanctions on Russia, where he did business for years, questions about his views on human rights and his refusal to recuse himself from matters related to his former employer during his entire term as the top U.S. diplomat.

Tillerson pledged to recuse himself only for the year required by law.

Earlier it was reported that Tillerson stands for providing lethal weapons to Ukraine. Nominee for US State Secretary position announced this during the Senate hearing.

Related: Tillerson unexpectedly claims that Russia has to take responsibility

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