TO BE REPLACED? US Ambassador to South Sudan Mary Catherine Phee presents her credentials to President Salva Kiir. Photo credit/

The United States has nominated Thomas J. Hushek to be its Ambassador to South Sudan, to replace Mary Catherine (Molly) Phee who has been US Ambassador to the troubled country since July 2015.

The White House said President Donald Trump intends to nominate Hushek, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, who has served as an American diplomat since 1988. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acting Assistant Secretary) in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State.

A three-time Deputy Chief of Mission and senior official at the State Department, Hushek has extensive experience in management and communications, coordination of humanitarian programs, and crisis management. Mr. Hushek has served at eight US Missions overseas.

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He earned a M.I.A. from Colombia University and a B.A from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He speaks Russian and Persian (Dari), a according to a statement released by The White House.