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Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from the shortlist of candidates to be considered by President Barack Obama as Secretary of State.

Obama had reportedly wanted to appoint Rice to replace Hillary Clinton as America’s chief diplomat when she steps down early next year.

Rice has drawn heavy fire from Republicans for remarks she made in the aftermath of a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.