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Bush to nominate new U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia

U.S. President George Bush has named the person he intends to appoint to be the next U.S. ambassador to Slovakia.

Bush announced that he plans to nominate Vincent Obsitnik from Virginia to the post.

According to the U.S. embassy in Bratislava, current ambassador Rodolphe M. Vallee will continue in his post until his successor's nomination is approved by the Senate. Vallee has been ambassador since August 2005.

On September 8, the Slovenian daily Dnevnik reported that Bush wanted to appoint Obsitnik as the ambassador to Slovakia instead of the original plan, to appoint him to Slovenia. Obsitnik has already accepted the nomination.

Obsitnik has Slovak roots and hasn't held a diplomatic post before, Dnevnik reported.

According to the White House website, Obsitnik recently served as vice-president of international development at Litton/PRC Corporation. He has also worked for Unisys/Loral Corporation and IBM. In the past he served as a member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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