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Condoleezza Rice was picked to replace Colin Powell as U.S. secretary of state
Condoleezza Rice, a confidante of President George W. Bush since he was governor of Texas, was picked to replace Colin Powell as U.S. secretary of state. Rice, the first woman to serve as a White House national security adviser, would be the first black woman to head the State Department. In 1993, she became the youngest and first female provost of Stanford University at the age of 38. She also helped shape U.S. policy toward Russia while serving under Bush's father before and after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Rice would take over the department as Iraqi elections scheduled for January are threatened by insurgents in cities such as Ramadi and Mosul. The administration also is seeking to dissuade North Korea and Iran from developing nuclear arms, and may have a chance to revive Arab-Israeli peace talks after Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died last week. Powell, who announced his resignation yesterday, said in January that the U.S. may have used flawed intelligence on Iraqi weapons to justify invading the country. He also said he had no ``smoking gun'' to prove a link between former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, another Bush argument for war, informs Bloomberg. Secretary of State Colin Powell, an often-frustrated advocate for diplomacy rather than confrontation in international affairs, said he was stepping down, and a senior administration official said National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will be named as his successor. The official said that Rice-s deputy, Stephen Hadley, will succeed her at the White House, as the shake-up of President Bush-s second-term cabinet accelerates. The announcement of Rice-s nomination is expected to come today, the official said. Also leaving are Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Education Secretary Rod Paige. Six of the 15 cabinet members have announced plans to step down since the president-s Nov. 2 re-election. White House officials said they expect more resignations to come, tells Seacoast Online
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