Although a majority of his state’s voters are opposed to his appointment (according to a recent poll), Roland Burris will be seated as the junior senator from Illinois. Senate Democrats had promised not to seat Burris but, true to tradition, promptly caved.


Roland Burris will be allowed to take up Barack Obama’s vacant US Senate seat, officials have announced.

Senate leaders had tried to block Mr Burris’s membership, because he was appointed by scandal-hit Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

But Mr Burris’s credentials have now been verified to the satisfaction of the senate leadership.

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