New York (EFE).- Republican Party leader Reince Priebus will be the chief of staff in Donald Trump’s administration, the president-elect’s transition team announced on Sunday.

Priebus, who currently heads the Republican National Committee, was the New York magnate’s main ally among the GOP mainstream during his presidential election campaign and his pending appointment to the post was reported earlier in the afternoon by CNN.

The RNC chief will take over his new duties on Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump will be inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president.

Steve Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Steve Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The transition team also announced that Stephen Bannon, who played a key role in the magnate’s campaign and is the head of the alt-right Breitbart news Web site, will become the new president’s strategy chief and main adviser.

“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again,” said Trump in a statement.

The transition team’s press release announcing the appointments said the pair will work “as equal partners to transform the federal government” and to aid Vice President-elect Mike Pence as transition chairman.

Priebus, meanwhile, said he was grateful for the opportunity to be able to work to achieve an economy that works for everyone, to protect U.S. borders, to replace President Barack Obama’s health care reform and to fight radical Islamic terror.

“I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country,” Trump said in his statement. EFE

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