Republican Ryan Is Elected US House Speaker

CAPITOL HILL— A conservative stalwart, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, a day of pomp, celebration, high hopes and a rare spirit of unity in the House chamber.

In a party-line vote over opposition Democrats, the majority Republicans in the House picked the 45-year-old Ryan to assume the top position in Congress.

As Speaker of the House, he instantly becomes one of Washington's most politically powerful figures and second in line to the presidency. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBPAGE


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