South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to the United Nations

Washington: The US Senate confirmed South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the next ambassador to the United Nations, making her the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration in the United States. Senate Foreign Relations Committee had on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of the South Carolina governor as the next US ambassador to the United Nations.

 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley confirmed as new US envoy to the United Nations

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed as the US ambassador to the United Nations. Reuters

With this, Haley, 45, becomes the first Indian-American to serve in a presidential administration at a Cabinet-level position.

Haley was approved by the Senate on a 96-4 vote. She is expected to be sworn in shortly. Haley, who will replace Samantha Power at the UN, has already created history by becoming the first women Indian-American governor of a US state.

After Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, she is only the second ever Indian-American to be elected as the governor of a state. Haley would now be replaced by Lt Gov Henry McMaster.

Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign  Relations Committee had said that Haley is a fierce advocate for American interests. "Governor Haley appears up to the task and seems to understand this as well," said Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he voted to approve Haley's nomination as the next US Ambassador to the UN. "What Governor Haley lacks in foreign policy and international affairs experience, she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina," Cardin said.

Once a fierce critic of Trump, Haley in November was selected as the first woman and first minority to serve in the Trump administration.

Updated Date: Jan 25, 2017 09:10:12 IST