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Ex-Presidents to co-chair inauguration

Washington: The former U.S. Presidents — Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton are among more than a dozen honorary co-chairmen of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Among others on the list is Obama’s half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, born in Indonesia and now a resident of Hawaii. The group announced on Monday by the Presidential Inaugural Committee includes retired Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later Secretary of State; Vice President-elect Joe Biden; and members of the Congress from both parties, including Democrat Dick Durbin, senior senator from Obama’s home State, Illinois, and Indiana’s senior senator, Republican Sen Richard Lugar, a longtime fixture of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Craig Robinson, a university basketball coach who is the brother of Obama’s wife Michelle, also will serve, along with Biden’s son and daughter-in-law, Hunter and Kathleen Biden. The committee has not determined the exact role of the co-chairmen in the Jan. 20 inauguration. — AP

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