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US Senate confirms Gina Haspel as first female CIA director

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The today voted to confirm as the first female of the (CIA).

Haspel, facing allegations from opposition Democratic Senators and human rights bodies for her alleged role in CIA's interrogation program post 9/11, was confirmed by the by 54-45 votes, after six Democratic senators supported her nomination. Prominent among those was Senator Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Select Intelligence Committee.

"Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!" Trump tweeted soon thereafter.

will be the first woman to lead the agency in its 70-year history.

A career CIA for more than three decades now, Haspel, 61, is expected to be sworn in shortly as the top American spymaster.

She worked in Africa, and classified locations around the globe and was tapped as of the CIA last year. She worked under former CIA until moved him to the

During her illustrious career in the CIA, has worked in various capacities and has been stationed clandestinely overseas including her stint in Africa, wherein in the 80s she assisted Mother Teresa in humanitarian assistance.

"Gina has clearly demonstrated that she is a person of high integrity with valuable frontline and experience as a Her confirmation represents the best we have to offer as a country. On behalf of the Intelligence Community, we salute Director Haspel, a trailblazer...," said Daniel Coats, Director of

During her confirmation hearing on May 9, Haspel assured lawmakers that under her leadership, the CIA will not restart a detention and interrogation program experienced during post 9/11.

"Today the US has a clear legal and policy framework that governs detentions and interrogations. Specifically, the law provides that no individual in US custody may be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach that is not authorised by and listed in the Army Field Manual," she said.

Senator applauded the Senate's bipartisan confirmation of Haspel's nomination for CIA director.

"With her unparallelled CIA experience, she will hit the ground running and continue to lead the world's finest intelligence agency. I look forward to working with her as she helps advance and protect America's national security interests from the daily threats we face," he said.

"I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the if ordered to do something illegal or immorallike a return to torture," said Warner, who had initially opposed her nomination but finally voted yes.

"is among the most qualified people to be nominated for the position. She's served with the Agency for 33 years, including tours as a case officer, four times as a station chief, of the National Resources Division, the of the National Clandestine Service, and currently as CIA Deputy Director," he said.

However, several members of the opposition remained critical of her and voted against.

"Ms Haspel played a central role in the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program. This was one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history and it must not be repeated," Senator said.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 05:35 IST