Political appointments

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Matviyenko backed as upper house speaker

Members of Russia’s Federation Council unanimously backed Valentina Matviyenko as the upper house speaker during the voting by secret ballot today. All 154 senators, who took part in the plenary meeting, …

Gakharia names Vice PMs

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia has named Vice Prime Ministers, InterPressNews reports. As Gakharia said at his first meeting with a new Cabineton Friday, current Vice Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili will retain her post, …

President appoints several ambassadors

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree on the appointment of several ambassadors, Kazinform reported citing Akorda press service. Zhanar Aitzhan has been appointed Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan …

Trump nominates U.S. ambassador to Georgia

U.S. President Donald Trump has presented Californian Kelly Degnan for the role of the new U.S. ambassador to Georgia. Degnan currently serves as the political advisor to the Commander of United States …

Trump announces spy chief nominee

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, to replace Dan Coats as the U.S. spy chief. Coats, the current U.S. director …

Mark Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense, hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top …