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United States: Decision On New Secretary Of State Not Expected Soon

Washington, 15 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - White House spokesman Michael McCurry says U.S President Bill Clinton is not expected to make a decision "any time soon" on the successor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who is resigning.

McCurry said yesterday that Clinton is considering candidates for the Secretary of State, Defense and other posts he termed as being part of a "the security cluster." McCurry said Clinton would make his choices and announcements "as he sees fit."

Christopher announced that he plans to resign and return to his home state of California, probably in January. Secretary of Defense William Perry has also made it known that he plans to leave, but will probably stay on longer.

There have been numerous speculations on who might succeed Christopher in the top foreign policy position. Among those suggested have been Madeleine Albright, now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell.