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Republican Kevin McCarthy elected US House speaker

2023-01-08 09:21:26       source:The Aljazeera

January 7, 2023

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy has been elected speaker of the House of Representatives, overcoming the opposition of right-wing dissenters who had derailed for several days his bid to lead the chamber.

It took 15 rounds of voting for McCarthy to secure the House’s gavel, securing 216 of the 428 votes cast late on Friday. The Democrats’ Hakeem Jeffries got 212 votes.

“My father always told me, it’s now how you start, it’s how you finish,” McCarthy said in his first speech.

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