Washington: Despite Barack Obama winning a second term as President of the US, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is all set to quit and make way for Susan Rice, the present US ambassador to the United Nations.
As per media reports, Thursday, Hillary is not keen to continue and plans to quit at the end of her four-year term in January, but will ensure a smooth transition with her successor which could mean remaining on the job into the early part of 2013.
Although President Obama is said to be keen that Hillary stays on but she is determined on her wish, after two decades in public life, to lead a personal life.
Interestingly, lingering suspicions persist that Hillary, now 65, might once contest to become America`s first women president in 2016, after being defeated by Obama in 2008. But publicly she has emphatically ruled this out.
The possible replacement, Susan Rice, is said to share a great relationship with Obama and is the frontrunner to take charge of the State department.
Rice will be the second African-American woman to hold the position; the first being Condoleeza Rice under George W Bush.
However, her reputation might now be tarnished over the fallout from the militant attack on the US mission in Libya.
The other name doing the rounds is that of National Security Adviser, Thomas Donilon.