Nikki Haley was raised in a Sikh family (Image image: AP)

Trump names former critic Nikki Haley as UN envoy

President-elect Donald Trump has named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN, his team has announced.

She is the first non-white female cabinet-level official appointed to the incoming Trump administration.

Mrs Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was a vocal critic of Mr Trump on the campaign trail.

A rising star in the Republican party, the 44-year-old is the youngest governor in the US.

Mr Trump said in a press release: "Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and...Read more...