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BREAKING: Donald Trump ally Mike Johnson elected US House Speaker


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Mike Johnson, an ally of Donald Trump, has been elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, ending weeks of congressional paralysis and signalling a sharp tack to the right for Republicans in the lower chamber.

In total, all 220 House Republicans in the chamber voted for Johnson on Wednesday afternoon. No Democrats backed his bid.

It was a show of unity for a Republican party that had for more than three weeks struggled to unite behind a candidate after Kevin McCarthy was ousted at the hands of a rebellion led by Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, Financial Times reports.

The long-running saga exposed sharp ideological divisions in the Republican party and raised fresh questions about Trump’s influence in Washington.

The impasse had prevented lawmakers from taking up crucial legislation, including a White House proposal for billions of dollars in additional aid to Israel and Ukraine.

Minutes after being sworn in, Johnson promised the House would vote on a resolution voicing lawmakers’ support for Israel.

“We are in a time of extraordinary crisis right now and the world needs us to be strong,” he said. “The country demands strong leadership of this body, and we must not waver.”

Among Johnson’s first tasks as Speaker will be confronting a looming government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-November to agree a deal to continue funding the federal government.

He was the fourth Republican Speaker nominee since McCarthy was removed. House majority leader Steve Scalise, House judiciary committee chair Jim Jordan and House majority whip Tom Emmer all failed to rally enough support from their own party to seize the Speaker’s gavel.


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