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Tillerson confirmed as US Secretary of State amid record opposition

He takes top diplomat's job as serious rifts emerge with the US's allies
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 05:50

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Mr Tillerson won confirmation with a 56-43 vote, the highest number of "against" votes in Senate history.

Washington

REX Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56-43 vote to become the nation's 69th secretary of state - just as serious strains have emerged with important international allies.

The votes against

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