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Monday, 15 December, 1997, 21:16 GMT
Top job for Asian-American

President Bill Clinton has appointed an Asian-American, Bill Lann Lee, as assistant attorney general despite strong opposition from Republican politicians.

It's the most senior position in the US administration ever held by someone of Asian origin.

Mr Lee, who is the son a Chinese immigrant, has been appointed on a temporary basis, as part of a compromise with Republican senators.

They'd blocked his nomination because of his support for affirmative action to combat racial discrimination.

President Clinton said he would re-submit Mr Lee's nomination before the Senate next year to allow him to remain in the job.

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