The US Senate is set to proceed with votes to confirm former Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
The move on Tuesday comes 12 days after Republicans delayed a vote, questioning his past positions on Israel and Iran and his qualifications.
But some critics have since agreed to allow the confirmation to proceed, while pledging to vote against him.
Outgoing Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is to remain in his post until Mr Hagel is confirmed.
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