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United States President-elect Joe Biden has named a Nigerian, Adewale Adeyemo, as Deputy Treasury Secretary along with four women as key members of his economic team.

The team was led by his pick for treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, and several others who will be critical to crafting his administration's response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Adeyemo had served in the administration of former President Barack Obama as deputy National Security Adviser (NSA) for worldwide economics.

Mr. Biden tapped Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, as his nominee to chair the council of economic advisers.

Brian Deese, a former Obama economic aide who helped lead that administration's efforts to bail out the American automotive industry, to lead the National Economic Council, the daily said. Before that, she served as legislative director in Clinton's Senate office and deputy campaign manager and issues director for Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign.

At 78, Biden will be the oldest president when he's inaugurated in January, but he frequently dismissed questions about his age on the campaign trail. "It's time we address the structural inequities in our economy, that this crisis has laid bare".

Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, tweeted on Sunday that Tanden was "a sacrifice to the confirmation gods", a suggestion that Republican fury at Biden's electoral victory could be dampened with the GOP blocking her nomination.

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Jared Bernstein, who previously advised Mr Biden when he was vice president under Mr Obama, will join the CEA, as will Washington Center for Equitable Growth President Heather Boushey.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks on November 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. If confirmed, he would be the department's first Black deputy secretary.

Neera Tanden, president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress, speaks at a conference in 2019.

Biden, who beat President Donald Trump in this month's election, will have to wear a walking boot for several weeks due to the accident.

If confirmed, she can be the primary girl of shade and the primary South Asian girl to guide the OMB, the company that oversees the federal price range.

The announcement comes a day after the Biden-Harris transition team named seven women to top communications roles in the incoming White House.