Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected by a narrow majority on Sunday as a Speaker of the House of Representatives at the first session of the 117th convocation of the US Congress.
216 deputies voted for Pelosi, while 209 supported republican candidate, Kevin McCarthy.
The Democrats lost 11 seats in the November elections and now have a narrow majority of 222 to 212 Republican seats in the House of Representatives.
Five Democratic MPs, however, did not support Pelosi on Sunday, two cast their votes for MPs who did not run, and three only declared themselves “present” during the vote.
The new U.S. Congress was constituted Sunday in Washington in a tense atmosphere over uncertainty over who will have a majority in the Senate and the announcement by a group of Republicans that they will challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory on Wednesday.
Pelosi has already shown several times in her Congress career that she does not know how to deal with the pressure or the chaos similar to the one that is expected on Wednesday.
The criticism of Pelosi is growing louder by day. But, unlike before, the critiques this time come not only from the Republican side of the House but also from a large part of the Democrats.
Senate control will depend on two elections to be held in Georgia on Tuesday in which Democratic candidates must win both senatorial seats in order for their party to regain control of the upper house of the U.S. Congress.
In any case, the new House Speaker for the 117th Congress is facing a demanding future work, and the first test comes already on Wednesday. Whether the congressmen made a good choice remains to be seen, but according to officials and political commentators, Pelosi will have a hard time controlling the House.
Nancy Pelosi is considered one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and much of that wealth can be attributed to deals with her husband that include investments in California vineyards, real estate, and even American football teams.
This is her fourth term as House Speaker.