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US: Republican obstruction of Biden’s Africa team begins to crumble

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Friday, 24 September 2021 09:50

President Joe Biden in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US Congress this week has finally released its hold on the President Joe Biden administration’s nominee to lead Africa policy at the State Department after months of obstruction, paving the way for long-delayed decisions on key priorities even as the president’s ambassadorial picks remain in limbo.

The Senate voted 58-25 Thursday evening to set up a final vote next week to confirm Mary Catherine “Molly” Phee as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, nearly five months after her nomination. She is one of dozens of State Department nominees held up by a pair of Republican senators who object to Biden’s policies on Afghanistan and Russia.