Thursday 19 September 2019

Democrats back Nancy Pelosi to be leader in US Congress

She still faces a fight to be confirmed house speaker, a role that would put her second in line to the presidency.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Nancy Pelosi has been chosen by House Democrats to lead them in the new US Congress, but she still faces a showdown vote for House speaker when politicians convene in January.

Ms Pelosi ran unopposed as the nominee for speaker in a closed-door Democratic caucus election Wednesday despite unrest from those clamouring for new leadership.

The California Democrat faces a tougher race in January, when she will need 218 votes, the majority of the full House, to be elected speaker.

The White House with Christmas decorations (Andrew Harnik/AP)

House Democrats are taking control with at least 233 seats, but some Democrats have pledged that they will not back Ms Pelosi for speaker.

Ms Pelosi was the first woman to be speaker when Democrats had the House majority from 2007 to 2011.

It is rare to reclaim that post after losing it.

The house speaker is second in line to the presidency after the vice-president.

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