U.S. president appointed four ambassadors bypassing the Senate

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Obama bypasses Senate to name ambassadors

U.S. president appointed four ambassadors bypassing the Senate

U.S. President Barack Obama used the recess to appoint four ambassadors. Under American law, the Congress must approve the candidates after the introduction of the president. However, when the parliamentary recess the U.S. President has the sole right to decide on the appointment of ambassadors.

Obama took advantage of this opportunity provided by law, to appoint ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Syria, Turkey and the Czech Republic.U.S. president a few months ago, presented to the Senate candidates for these positions, but their legislators was not approved.

President George W. Bush’s administration withdrew a full-time ambassador from Syria in 2005 after terrorism accusations and to protest the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, killed in a Beirut truck bombing that his supporters blamed on Syria. Syria denied involvement.

Obama nominated Ford, a career diplomat and a former ambassador to Algeria, to the post in February but his nomination stalled after his confirmation hearings and was never voted on.

The other Obama nominees announced Wednesday are Matthew Bryza for Azerbaijan, Norman Eisen for the Czech Republic and Francis Ricciardone for Turkey.

Bryza, a career diplomat, was opposed by some in the Armenian-American community because of comments he made in his previous position as deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs while trying to negotiate an end to the Nargorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The nomination of Ricciardone, another career diplomat who served as ambassador to Egypt during the Bush administration, had been held up by outgoing Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who had concerns about his work in promoting democracy while he was stationed in Cairo.

The nomination of Eisen, a lawyer who has worked in the Obama White House on ethics and reform, was being held up by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who said the nominee had made misrepresentations to Congress about the firing of a federal official.

Due to the fact that the ambassadors appointed without the approval by the Senate, their term is limited to one session of the legislature. If the end of 2011, when will the next session of Congress, ambassadors appointed by Obama and will not be approved by the Senate, they will be forced to leave their posts.

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