The US President has officially confirmed John Negroponte as the deputy to US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice. The changes come just days before George Bush is expected to announce a shift in military strategy in Iraq in order to tackle the continuing violence.
“John Negroponte’s broad experience, sound judgment and expertise on Iraq and on the war on terror make him a superb choice as Deputy Secretary of State and I look forward for working with him in this new post,” Bush said.
Negroponte’s old job as director of US National Intelligence will be taken over by retired Navy Admiral Mike McConnell.
He will take over the leadership of 16 agencies.
The nominations must first be approved by the Congress, which opened a new session on Thursday with the Democrats in control of both Chambers for the first time in 12 years.