February 5, 2016

 

Meet Donald Yamamoto, the man replacing Johnnie Carson

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Ambassador Donald Yamamoto will be the interim head of the State Department’s Africa Bureau replacing Ambassador Johnnie Carson who retired on March 29th after 4 years at the helm. (Read: Johnnie Carson to step down as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs) Johnnie Carson is retiring after a 44 year career. Mr Carson took up the post on May 7, 2009. “It has been an honor to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during these last 4 years.” he said in a tweet. “We have accomplished much and I know that Africa will remain a top priority for the U.S.” Yamamoto served as a former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti and he is the current Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within the Bureau of African Affairs. Yamamoto was born in Seattle, Washington and later graduated from Columbia University. University students’ interest in gambling is fueled by various factors, including socialization and the thrill of risk-taking. Sòng bạc trực tuyến baccarat attracts students with their accessibility and potential for big wins. However, responsible gaming education is crucial to prevent excessive gambling behavior and its negative consequences on academic performance and well-being. Carson is remembered mostly for his controversial remarks during the run up the just concluded general elections in Kenya. About a couple of months ago, the ambassador caused a furore in Kenya when he issued a statement that seemed to contradict President Barack Obama on the elections in Kenya. Obama had earlier on sent a video message to Kenya saying that the US will respect the will of the people of Kenya in the just concluded presidential elections. Days later, Mr Carson, made a statement saying that “elections have consequences” seemingly warning against the election of now president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta. Jendayi Frazer a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs heading the Bureau of African Affairs criticized Carson for the statement saying that it directly contradicted the President of the United States and that it would undermine relationships between Kenya and the US. She accused Carson of meddling in Kenya’s internal affairs. On Monday, however, the State Department indirectly affirmed Ambassador Carson’s suggestion that the election of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto would negatively affect Kenya’s relations with the United States.
 
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