Nancy Pelosi confirmed by Democrats to retain House position

Nancy Pelosi on November 13, 2020, is expected to be re-elected Speaker of the House next January. – Michael Brochstein / Sipa USA / SIPA

There was no suspense. Without an opponent, and despite the protests of the left wing of the party, Nancy Pelosi was chosen by elected Democrats for the presidency of the House of Representatives. She will still have to be confirmed as Speaker by a formal vote in January. As she promised, at 80, she will only stay on the roost until the 2022 midterm elections.

Two weeks after Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, Nancy Pelosi was nominated in a virtual election – the first of its kind because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Voices were raised for more renewal, as the Democrats lost to everyone’s surprise 11 seats in the House, where they will have a narrow majority of at least three votes.

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First opponent of Donald Trump during the Republican mandate, Nancy Pelosi took over the head of the House in January 2019, after the midterm elections. Faced with a sling from the progressive wing of her party, which then renounced its authority, she had agreed to limit her mandate to four years, that is to say after the next mid-term elections, which will be held in November 2022.

Pelosi had already occupied the perch between 2007 and 2010, then the first woman in American history to reach this crucial position. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is the third figure in the United States after the President and the Vice President. Current House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also been nominated by his peers to continue in his post.

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