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Pelosi to step down as top Democrat after Republicans take House

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends a news conference while flanked by U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan August 5, 2022.

Washington- Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the trailblazing first female speaker of the US House of Representatives, said that she will step down as party leader when Republicans take control of the chamber in January.

“I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” the 82-year-old Pelosi said in an emotional speech on the House floor. “The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus.”

Republicans secured a slim majority in the House in last week’s midterm elections while Democrats retained control of the Senate.

Pelosi’s departure as party leader will mark the end of an era in Washington.

Currently second in the line of succession to President Joe Biden, Pelosi said last week that her decision on the future would be influenced by the brutal attack on her elderly husband in the runup to the November 8 midterms.

Paul Pelosi, who is also 82, was left hospitalised with serious injuries after an intruder — possibly looking for the speaker — broke into their San Francisco home and attacked him with a hammer.

 

Pelosi said she would continue to represent her San Francisco district in the next Congress and praised Democrats’ better-than-expected performance in the midterm contest.

“Last week, the American people spoke and their voices were raised in defence of liberty, of the rule of law and of democracy itself,” she said. “The people stood in the breach and repelled the assault on democracy.”

In a statement earlier in the week, she said “House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a scant Republican majority.”

 

In congratulating top House Republican Kevin McCarthy, Biden said he was “ready to work with House Republicans to deliver results for working families.”

McCarthy, who has his eye on the speaker’s gavel, said for his part that “Americans are ready for a new direction, and House Republicans are ready to deliver.”

And House Republicans immediately signalled they would wield their new power to make Biden’s life more difficult — convening a press conference to announce plans to investigate the “national security” implications of the president’s family business connections.

Source :AFP

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