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'I will stay until beginning of next term', says Hillary Clinton

March 24, 2011 - Washington

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she isn't planning to quit her job anytime soon.

"I will stay until the beginning of the next term, because I know it takes a while for people to get appointed and confirmed," Politico quoted Clinton, as saying.

"Obviously, there needs to be a seamless transition with whomever President Obama decides to appoint after he is re-elected, which I am confident he will be," she added.

Clinton further said that she would not "characterize" any member of the Obama administration's views on action against Libya, "because it was a decision that was made, and the decision speaks for itself."

"What happened indeed was that the facts evolved in a way that made the president and the administration convinced that we had to support U.N. action against Gaddafi and his force," Clinton said.

"It was a very thoughtful process. And I don't believe that there would have been the level of commitment had there not been a series of actions culminating with the Arab League statement Saturday before last, which was so unprecedented and which called on the United Nations Security Council to take this action," she added.

The Secretary of State also denied reports that at least one of Gaddafi's sons was killed by the US forces.

"No, uh-uh, uh-uh, no. We hear many different things, but we know it's not us," Clinton said.

Clinton had taken the oath of office of Secretary of State on January 21, 2009 to become the first former First Lady to serve in the US Cabinet.


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