Source: Agencies27 Jul 2016 09:40:50

Philadelphia, July 27: Hillary Clinton was officially nominated as the President candidate for Democratic Party on Wednesday thereby sealing her position as the first female nominee of a major party in US history at the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.
Speaking after her nomination on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton told the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that she was honoured to have been chosen as the party’s nominee. "I am so happy. It’s been a great day and night. What an incredible honour that you have given me. And I can’t believe that we’ve just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. Thanks to you and everyone who has fought so hard to make this possible," she said.

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While Clinton had already met the threshold of the 2,383 delegates required to clinch the nomination and beat Bernie Sanders through her primary victories, the official vote was a significant moment in American political history despite lingering discord within the party.

While Clinton had already met the threshold of the 2,383 delegates required to clinch the nomination and beat Bernie Sanders through her primary victories, the official vote was a significant moment in American political history despite lingering discord within the party.

In another symbolic gesture, it was Sanders who called for the party to unanimously nominate Clinton when the roll call vote reached its completion with the Vermont delegation. The moment echoed the 2008 Democratic convention, when Clinton ended the roll call vote with a similar call for acclamation for Barack Obama from the New York delegation. “Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules,” said Sanders. “I move that Hillary Clinton be elected as the nominee of the Democratic party.”

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In nominating Clinton, delegate after delegate at the convention made the point that the selection of a woman was a milestone in America's 240-year-old history. US women got the right to vote in 1920. Clinton promises to tackle income inequality and rein in Wall Street if she becomes president, and is eager to portray Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman and former reality TV show host, as too unstable to sit in the Oval Office.

Hundreds of disgruntled Sanders supporters stormed the media tents after Clinton officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, immediately staging a sit-in in the central media filing center as local and state law-enforcement officials appeared unsure what to do.

After the roll call of states formalizing Clinton's nomination, former President Bill Clinton took the stage for a history-making appearance of his own convention. Former presidents often vouch for their potential successors, but never before has that candidate also been a spouse.

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He also gave a spirited defence of his wife's tenure as secretary of state, telling the convention that Hillary Clinton was instrumental in protecting American interests, combating terrorism and advancing human rights.

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