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Tom Perez wins Democratic Party chair

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WASHINGTON US opposition Democrats have chosen establishment figure Tom Perez to lead the fight against President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress.

Mr Perez, 55, a labour secretary under former president Barack Obama and the party's first Hispanic-American leader, immediately named the contest's runner-up, leftist lawmaker Keith Ellison, as the party's deputy chairman.

Mr Perez, who won 235 votes against the 200 for Mr Ellison - a Bernie Sanders supporter - was seen as the establishment pick.

South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg had dropped out of the race before the vote. - AFP

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