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Embassy mum about Oprah as envoy

The American Embassy in South Africa said it would not comment on a newspaper report that suggested...

Talk Show host Oprah Winfrey. Picture: Shayne Robinson/SAPA

The American Embassy in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> said it would not comment on a newspaper report that suggested talk show host Oprah Winfrey could be the next <country-region w:st="on">United States</country-region> envoy to <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">South Africa</country-region>.

The Mail and Guardian reported that, according to the diplomatic rumour mill in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria, Winfrey was being considered for the job but press attaché Sharon Hudson-Dean explained that the process of appointing a new ambassador was lengthy.

The White House must first make a decision on who the person would be and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee then performed a vigorous vetting process.

“The committee holds a hearing at which they interview the person and discuss the issues that are relevant in our relationship with that country. When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is finished, they then must vote to approve this person, the nominee goes to the full Senate, the nominee must receive full Senate approval and then they are sworn in."

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