Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Senate confirms Hagel as secretary of defense
Posted : Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:23AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel on Tuesday as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense.
Senators backed the nomination by a 57-41 vote, as voting continued, with only about four Republicans joining Democrats in support of Hagel, a Republican former U.S. senator from Nebraska.
Hagel needed only 51 votes to be confirmed as the new civilian leader at the Pentagon.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Christopher Wilson)
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