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UPDATE: Obama nominates Sen. John Kerry to replace Clinton as secretary of state

(FILE) Obama Names Senator John Kerry As Next US Secretary Of State

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President Barack Obama (L) plans to announce Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the next US Secretary Of State, replacing Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: President Obama officially nominates Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state. He will replace Hillary Clinton, who said she plans to leave the administration early next year.

PREVIOUSLY: Multiple news outlets are reporting that President Barack Obama will announce Friday that he is nominating Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state.

The White House has posted on its website that: "President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement" on Friday. (Kerry's presumed nomination has not yet been officially confirmed.)

Kerry's name has been atop most lists of likely successors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, especially since U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed her name from consideration after harsh criticism from Republicans on her public statements following the killings of state department personnel in Libya.

Kerry was the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and is currently chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry is 69.

Clinton has said for months that she planned to step down early in the president's second term.

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