Bryza remains the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan
According to the U.S. Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner, the U.S. Senate continues to consider the candidacy of Matthew Bryza to the post of ambassador to Azerbaijan. According to Trend, Bryza was appointed to this position in December, 2010, by the U.S. President Barack Obama. This was after eighteen months absence of the U.S. diplomatic representative at the territory of this South Caucasian state.
However, according to the U.S. Constitution, also the Senate of the country must approve the candidates proposed by the head of state. When the Senate is in recess, the President himself decides on the appointment and the elect shall take office immediately, without waiting for Senate approval.
However, if the Senate does not approve the nomination before the end of the next session of Congress, the decree on the credentials of the candidate is running out. It has happened in the case of Bryza; under the law his term will expire and require the approval of the Senate.