Hughes back to boost US image

WASHINGTON: Former presidential adviser and George W Bush confidante Karen Hughes is to take a role charged with improving perceptions of the US in the Islamic world.

Hughes, pending confirmation by the Senate, is to become undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

She would replace Margaret Tutwiler, who quit last year for a PR job at the New York Stock Exchange (PRWeek, 7 May 2004).

Introducing Hughes on Monday at the State Department, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US must do much more to counter 'hateful propaganda' in the Islamic world.

Hughes, a former TV reporter, left the White House in 2002 to move her family back to Texas.

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