Voting has been delayed for days due to infighting between Republicans.
The seventh and eighth rounds of voting held on Thursday, until 9:00 pm Hungarian time, did not produce any results in the election of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the majority of Republicans are still divided.
And in the House of Representatives of Congress, the presidential election process, which had already begun on Tuesday, continued Thursday at noon local time. The Republican Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy He received 201 votes, but 218 votes were needed for his successful election. He received nineteen votes Byron Donalds Republican representative and even got one vote Donald Trump The former president, as well as the Republican representative, abstained from the vote.
The Democratic representatives have voted unanimously for their leader in all rounds so far, To Hakeem Jeffriesso he got 212 votes for the seventh and eighth times.
Trump who is not a member of Congress Matt Gaetz An elected representative from Florida cast his or her vote in a roll call. According to the rules of the House of Representatives, anyone can be elected to the position of Speaker, the only condition being that he receives an absolute majority of the votes cast.
In the eighth round McCarthy received 201 votes and Donald’s 17, with two absentee ballots to Kevin Hearn also. Trump got one more vote, and one representative said, “Yes.”
Because of the narrow Republican majority – 222 – 212 – in order for a candidate to obtain an absolute majority, the near-unanimous support of Republican representatives is necessary. However, some representatives belonging to the conservative group of Republicans are not yet behind Kevin McCarthy. Their most important objection and demand is to radically change the rules of the House of Representatives under the leadership of the new president.
Presidential elections continue until they can elect a leader. In the absence of a Speaker, the House of Representatives cannot commence business, and members cannot take an oath of office.
In the US House of Representatives since 1923, never has the first or second round of voting been so inconclusive in a presidential election, MTI notes.
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