바락 오바마 미국 대통령 당선자가 차기 행정부의 국토안보부 장관에 재닛 나폴리타노 애리조나 주지사를 내정했다고 민주당 소식통들이 전했습니다.

나폴리타노 주지사는 미 남서부 국경 주의 주지사를 맡으면서 이민과 국토안보 관련 업무 처리 능력을 높이 평가 받고 있는 인물입니다. 애리조나 주지사의 인터넷 웹사이트에 따르면, 나폴리타노 주지사는 미 연방정부가 국경지대의 안전을 확보하는 데에 책임을 다할 것을 촉구하고 있습니다.

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Democratic Party sources say U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has picked Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to lead the department of homeland security.

Napolitano presides over asouthwest border state and has been praised for her handling of immigration and homeland security issues. The governor's Web site says Napolitano is a national voice in calling for the federal government to take responsibility for securing the nation's borders.

Sources say the Democratic governor was selected pending the results of a vetting process.

The Cabinet negotiations are expected to continue as Mr. Obama holds private meetings in (the midwestern U.S. city of)Chicago today (Thursday).

In Washington, incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is to meet with Congressional Republican leaders to discuss how best to work together. Emanuel has said Mr. Obama plans to govern in a bipartisan fashion during his term in office.