US President Barack Obama has announced Senator John Kerry as his nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as the next secretary of state.
His turn came after Susan Rice, America’s ambassador to the UN, withdrew from consideration last week.
As he made the announcement on Friday, Obama paid tribute to Kerry’s four decade-long political career:
“Over these many years, John’s earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training.
“He has earned the respect and trust of his Senate colleagues – Democrats and Republicans. I think it
is fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry; and this makes him a perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead.”
Kerry ran as a presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2004 but lost to George W Bush.
His nomination came after Hillary Clinton indicated her intention to step down in the new year.
The 69-year-old needs to be confirmed by the US Senate, where he will need to give up his seat as Senator of Massachusetts.