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Nancy Pelosi nominated by Democrats to be next House speaker

Wednesday - 28/11/2018 15:44
Pelosi ran unopposed but number of members who voted against her could signal a messy battle when new Congress convenes
 
Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol on Wednesday. The full House, including Republicans, will elect a new speaker on 3 January. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP
Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol on Wednesday. The full House, including Republicans, will elect a new speaker on 3 January. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP
House Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to be the party’s next speaker – but she has failed to stave off a rebellion within her ranks, setting the stage for a messy battle when the new Congress convenes in January.

Members of the incoming class of Democrats, who are poised to take over the chamber next year, met behind closed doors in the US Capitol to elect their leadership team.

The vote represents a critical test of strength for the longtime Democratic leader as she faces calls from members to step aside and make room for fresh faces. Pelosi ran unopposed but the number of members who voted against her could signal looming trouble even as she becomes the most powerful elected Democrat in the nation.

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