INTERNATIONAL: Payne the winner as Clinton selects press secretary

NEW YORK: After a three-month search for a press secretary, former

president Bill Clinton has opted to retain the services of former Al

Gore aide Julia Payne.

Clinton had begun a search after the departure of spokesman Jake

Siewert, who was his final press secretary during the last months of his


Siewert, who handled much of the controversy over the Presidential

pardons, departed in February.

Payne stepped in to handle press duties while the search was


A senior source confirmed that Payne has now struck a deal with Clinton

to become press secretary, although the appointment will not be made

official until Clinton has also appointed a new chief of staff.

Payne was previously deputy press secretary to former vice-president


Mary Ellen Glynn, director of communications for the US Mission to the

UN, was also mooted as a possible candidate.

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