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Republicans nominate Jim Jordan as their nominee for Speaker of the House

Republicans nominate Jim Jordan as their nominee for Speaker of the House

Jim Jordan, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and one of the Republican Trump supporters, was named his party’s nominee for the presidency of the House of Representatives on Friday, Oct. 13, in an internal vote, party leaders announced. With the Conservative Party controlling the lower house of parliament, any Republican candidate is in a good position to automatically win the leadership of the body. It would end a crisis not seen in America since the ouster of Kevin McCarthy.

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The chamber, which is controlled by Republicans unlike the Senate, which has a Democratic majority, has been virtually paralyzed since his impeachment on Oct. 3. Speaker » Kevin McCarthy exposed divisions in the party a year before the 2024 presidential election.

This is the second vote within the parliamentary committee this week. Moderately torn between elected officials and troublemakers Gravity into former President Donald Trump’s orbit.

Earlier on Tuesday, Steve Scalise, the Republican majority leader in the House, was elected from Louisiana (south-east) over Jim Jordan, especially with the support of Donald Trump. But Steve Scalise announced Thursday evening that he was dropping his candidacy because he could not muster enough votes to be elected. Speaker ».

Elected with 124 Republican votes

Jim Jordan won the Republican nomination in a secret ballot. His main rival, Austin Scott, is from the conservative wing of the party. According to American media, Jim Jordan received 124 votes to 81.

Despite defending very similar conservative positions, the two split during the certification vote for the election of Democratic President Joe Biden in 2020, with Donald Trump fiercely contested: Jim Jordan voted against the verification of the results and Austin Scott.

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With many elected officials from both parties out of Washington, a vote by the full House of Representatives is not expected on Friday.

(with AFP)