Kevin McCarthy elected as new speaker of the US House of Representatives

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has been elected as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. He was picked after days of Election Drama, making the election process for electing the Speaker as the longest in 160 years.

57-year-old McCarthy got 216 votes in the final tally, to be elected as Washington’s top legislator, who presides over House business and is second in line to the presidency.

The divided Republicans took 15 rounds of voting over four days to elect the speaker.

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