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Senate approves new Ambassador to US

Newly appointed ambassador to the US, Cecilia Nahón.
Newly appointed ambassador to the US, Cecilia Nahón.
Newly appointed ambassador to the US, Cecilia Nahón.

The Senate closed activities for 2012 yesterday with an extraordinary session in which it passed the appointment of María Cecilia Nahón as Argentine ambassador to the US and established January 31 as an “extraordinary national holiday” to commemorate the Assembly of the Year 1813.

Senators also condemned the fact that Great Britain on Tuesday named a vast territory of the Antarctica after Queen Elizabeth II, and authorized sending peacekeeping troops to Haiti. Military promotions as well as other diplomatic appointments were also approved during yesterday’s busy session.

Nahón, an economist with ties to the Kirchnerite youth group La Cámpora, attended the Senate’s Agreements Committees to answer questions posed by lawmakers before her appointment along with other 65 diplomatic candidates that the national government had proposed were officially voted.

Nahón said the “main objective” of her mission in Washington “will be to respond to the important challenges in the field of economy and trade,” and “make Argentina’s positioning grow on the US market, the most important economy in the world and the largest importer of food.”

Antonio Trombetta was appointed ambassador to Switzerland, Juan José Arcuri to Turkey, Horacio Salvador is the new ambassador to the Netherlands, Ernesto Martínez Gondra to Algeria, Julio Lascano y Vedia to Angola, Carlos Riva to Azerbaijan, Luis Martino to Guyana, Gustavo Grippo to Ethiopia and Ricardo Fernández was appointed ambassador to Serbia.

Senators passed all military promotions proposed by the national government with the exception of that of Lieutenant-colonel Marcelo Mazzola, whose record was taken apart by Senator Ernesto Sanz (UCR), arguing he wanted to analyze it further. For this reason, Senator Marcelo Guinle (Victory Front), who presides the committee, said Mazzola’s promotion will be debated next year.

The first reading of the bill that authorizes sending peacekeeping troops to Haiti, where Argentina is taking part in the United Nations’ stabilization mission, was passed by the Senate yesterday and later

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