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Diversity returns to Washington as Biden unveils gender-balanced cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has begun unveiling the most diverse and gender-balanced cabinet in the country. Aside from vice president elect Kamala Harris, Biden named, or is set to name, at least half-dozen women for key positions. Michele Flourney is tipped to become defence secretary. The lineup also includes Janet Yellen as treasury secretary and Avril Haines as director of national intelligence. It will be the first time women will have headed these portfolios, all previously held by white men. Biden is also set to name an African-American diplomat, Linda Thomas Greenfield as the US ambassador to the UN. Alejandro Mayorkas is also set to be the first Latino to lead the department of homeland security. The appointments are seen as recognizing the growing diversity and changing demographics of the United States.

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