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Obama appoints Indian American to his inter faith council

February 06, 2009 03:19 IST
US President, Barack Obama, on Thursday appointed an Indian American to his new advisory council on inter faith relationships.
    
Eboo S Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Corps, would be a member of the
President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
    
The council announced on Thursday would have 25 members, who will be appointed for a one-year term. However, only fifteen members to the council were announced on Thursday.
    
The announcement came after Obama signed an executive order establishing the new faith-based council.
    
This office will work on behalf of Americans committed to improving their communities, no matter their religious or
political beliefs, Obama said.
    
Joshua DuBois, a former associate pastor and advisor to Obama in his US Senate office and campaign Director of
Religious Affairs, would lead this office.
    
"Joshua understands the issues at stake, knows the people involved and will be able to bring everyone together from both the secular and faith-based communities and from academia and politics around our common goals," Obama said.
Lalit K Jha in Washington
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