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Louisiana MP Mike Johnson, the Republican candidate for Speaker of the US House of Representatives, was elected.

Members gathered in the House of Representatives voted to elect the new Speaker of the House of Representatives after McCarthy was ousted on October 3.

Louisiana MP Mike Johnson, the candidate of the Republicans in the majority in the House, received 220 votes and became the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. House Minority Leader Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat with 212 seats in the House, received 209 votes.

In order to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of the candidates had to reach 217 votes.

In his first speech from the rostrum of the House before taking the oath of office, Johnson said, "It is clear to the world from here, the people's assembly is back in business."

Stating that one of the biggest dangers facing the US is the economic situation and the national debt burden, Johnson said, "We must get the country back on track, it is not easy, but we must solve this crisis immediately."

In three separate votes in the House of Representatives last week, Ohio MP Jim Jordan had to withdraw from the race because he could not reach 217.

WHO IS MIKE JOHNSON?

Mike Johnson, who entered the US Congress as a Republican lawmaker from Louisiana in 2016, is known as one of the strongest supporters of former US President Donald Trump in Congress.

A university lecturer and conservative radio host before his election to Congress, Johnson first entered politics in 2015 when he was elected to the Louisiana state legislature.

Since his election to Congress, Johnson, a constitutional law expert, has served as vice chairman of the Republican Conference Group in the House of Representatives.

He is also the former chairman of the Republican Research Committee and still serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

Johnson, who fought for Trump's rhetoric in the 2020 Presidential Election with a group of Republican members in the House, said on his social media account after it was announced that Joe Biden won the election on November 7, 2020, "I just called President Trump and said, 'Stay strong and keep fighting, sir! The nation depends on your determination. We must exhaust all available legal avenues to restore Americans' confidence in the fairness of our electoral system."

Before today's vote, Trump also supported Johnson on his social media account, posting, "We're going to win even bigger in 2024! My strong recommendation is to go with the leading candidate, Mike Johnson, and finish this fast."

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION "CRISIS" IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

In January in the US, members of the House of Representatives voted 15 times to elect the Speaker of the House for 4 days for the first time in the country's history, unprecedented in the last 100 years.

With the last-minute compromise of the Republicans, who were in the majority in the House of Representatives, McCarthy was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives only after 15 rounds of voting.

UNSEATING OF MCCARTHY

Kevin McCarthy was voted out of office in a vote in the House of Representatives on October 3 after his support among Republicans waned, becoming "the first speaker of the House in US history to be ousted by the votes of members of his own party."

Some Republican members had claimed that McCarthy had made a secret deal with US President Joe Biden and Democrats on aid to Ukraine as part of budget negotiations.

Republican Representative Patrick McHenry took over as Speaker of the House of Representatives until a new speaker was elected.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise was nominated as the Republican candidate for Speaker of the House of Representatives. However, Scalise withdrew his candidacy, seeing that he could not get enough votes in the polls.

After Scalise's withdrawal, Republicans nominated Ohio Representative Jim Jordan for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. However, Jordan also withdrew from the nomination after failing to reach the quorum of 217 in three separate votes.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the third most important figure in US politics after the US President and Vice President.
 

Editor: David Goodman