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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Eric Holder was confirmed on Monday at the
Senate as the first African-American attorney general in the United States.
By voting 75 to 21, the Senate turned on the green light to President
Barack Obama's choice for the Justice Department chief.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said that the
confirmation was a fulfillment of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s
dream that everyone should be judged by the content of their character.
Holder, a former federal prosecutor and deputy attorney general, is the
only one African-American official enrolled into Obama's cabinet. Three other
black people serve the new administration as senior officials, including Susan
Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN.
The confirmation came after a longtime debate in the Senate since some
Republican lawmakers concerned about his insufficient commitment to anti-terror
war and support for gun control.
Holder is expected to regain public trust on the Justice Department which
was criticized for allowing torture in the interrogation of terrorist suspects.
He will also have to fulfill Obama's demand for review of all cases of
Guantanamo detainees to close the controversial prison within one year.