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Latest update : 2011-06-21

The US Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to confirm CIA head Leon Panetta (pictured) as the new secretary of defence. Panetta, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in April, will replace outgoing Pentagon chief Robert Gates.

REUTERS - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to confirm outgoing Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta as the new secretary of defense, replacing the retiring Robert Gates.

Panetta, who has held a variety of senior posts in Washington dating back decades, was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Pentagon. Panetta is expected to start his new job on July 1.



 

Date created : 2011-06-22

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