An anti-abortion senator leaves the US Marines leaderless for the first time in more than a century | International

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For the first time in more than a century and a half, the United States Marine Corps has been left without an official commander due to the anti-abortion stance of a Republican senator.

The appointments of the military leaders of the United States are approved by the Committee of Armed Services of the Senate and later by the rest of the legislators. However, since February, Senator Tommy Tuberville has refused to ratify new military posts.

The Pentagon has reported that there are 265 appointments held up by the lawmaker's opposition to date and the number could rise to 650 by the end of the year.

Tuberville has fiercely opposed ratifying the posts in protest of Pentagon policy that offers easy travel to military personnel seeking abortions.

For now, the acting commander of the Marines will be Eric Smith. Until it is officially ratified in office, he cannot issue new policies or make significant changes.

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