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US Senate to approve Mamet as new Argentina ambassador

The United States Congress is set to confirm Noah Mamet as the nation's new ambassador to Argentina, filling the post that has been empty for over a year since Vilma Martínez vacated the job on July 4 2013.

A Senate cloture vote passed in Mamet's favour by 50 votes to 36, although the designation process will continue into tomorrow. The Argentine government will also have to approve the naming of the Democrat Party member.

The designation takes place at a time when Argentine-US relations have been strained over the conflict with hedge fund bondholders, which provoked the freezing of debt payments in New York under the orders of district judge Thomas Griesa.

Business attaché Kevin Sullivan, working as interim ambassador for the US, also found himself heavily criticised by Buenos Aires and was called to the Foreign Ministry to explain his actions after saying that Argentina must get out of "default".

Although he worked as a campaign contribution bundler for Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008, Mamet became a key player in Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, bundling more than $500,000 for the president.

The Obama ally came under fire during the Senate designation process when he admitted that he had never visited Argentina.
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