President Donald Trump of the US has fired Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state.
Tillerson was replaced with Mike Pompeo, director of Central Intelligence Academy (CIA).
The president announced this on Twitter five minutes ago.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The development comes less than 24 hours after Tillerson rounded off his visit to five African countries, including Nigeria.
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