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Former Exxon CEO Tillerson confirmed as secretary of state

ExxonMobil's former CEO has won confirmation from the Senate to be US secretary of state. One of Tillerson's first challenges will be dealing with the fallout from the executive order Trump signed restricting entry to the US from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Rex Tillerson, receiving a medal in 2012 from Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP/Polfoto/Arkiv

Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil Corp. chief, won Senate confirmation as secretary of state after lawmakers split mostly along party lines on US President Donald Trump's choice of an oilman with no government experience but a career negotiating billions of dollars of energy deals worldwide.

On a vote of 56-43 Wednesday, Republicans overcame a demand by Democrats to delay the confirmation until Tillerson provided his views on the executive order Trump signed restricting entry to the US from seven predominantly Muslim nations. One of Tillerson's first challenges as the top US diplomat will be dealing with the fallout from the order, which has brought condemnation from governments around the world.

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