Clinton 'stepping off fast track' not 'retiring'

Johannesburg, Jan. 10 (ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she was looking forward to stepping off the "very fast track" for a while, but wouldn't necessarily call it retirement.

Clinton, who appeared at her first public engagement after being taken ill more than a month ago, said she was "thrilled to be back", reports News24.

Right now, Clinton said, she was focused on preparing to hand over to Senator John Kerry, whose nomination by President Barack Obama still has to be confirmed by the Senate.

Clinton is stepping down after four years in office, during which she has been largely credited with helping to restore America's image abroad.

The former first lady and New York senator has said she is exhausted and wants to rest, before deciding what to do next.

But despite repeated denials, many people believe she could run again for the White House in the 2016 elections. (ANI)

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