Pelosi retires as Democratic leader in the US lower house


Washington, (EFE) The President of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced on Thursday her withdrawal from the head of the Democratic formation of this hemicycle during the next legislature.

In an emotional speech, Pelosi, 82, said she would retain her seat but not seek re-election as the Democratic leader.

“I have had no greater official honor than to speak on behalf of the citizens of San Francisco and will continue to do so as a member of the House of Representatives, serving the great State of California and defending our Constitution, but I will not seek leadership election”.

Argued, Nancy Pelosi

The one who was the first and only woman to preside over the House of Representatives in the history of the United States explained that, according to her, “it is time for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus” in Congress.

Dressed in white like the suffragettes, with the progressive caucus full and the rival virtually empty, Pelosi was grateful that from January, when the new Congress resulting from the November 8 midterm elections is installed, there will be ” many” who want to take this responsibility on their shoulders.

In her speech, she recalled on her first visit to the Capitol at the age of six, “I never thought that one day I would go from housewife to Speaker of the Lower House,” she said. she acknowledged.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announces her retirement as leader of the Democratic party on Capitol Hill in Washington (USA) EFE/EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

His announcement comes a day after it was confirmed that the Conservatives have regained control of the House of Representatives having already won 218 of the 435 seats in contention, the minimum required to enjoy a majority.

In the Senate, for their part, the Democrats retain power with half of the 100 seats and the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, so from January the leadership of Congress will be shared between the two parties.

Pelosi, who has led the Democrats in the US lower house for two decades, had anticipated on November 7 the assault suffered by her husband at the end of October at the family home in San Francisco by a man he was looking for her. was going to influence the decision about his future.

In fact, in her words today, she gave a shoutout to her husband, Paul Pelosi, for being “her pillar of support.”

His succession in the Lower House suggests he will go to Republican Kevin McCarthy, the party’s candidate with the best chance.

Pelosi’s career

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and mother of five, she made history when she became the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007, a position she held until 2011 when Democrats lost their majority. in this room.

The representative from San Francisco was once again third in the presidential line, behind the vice president, when she was reelected in January 2019 as the highest authority in Congress, a post she renewed in 2021. and which she currently occupies. in his fourth term.

Meanwhile, his feud with former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021) marked his career.

It was she who initiated the two political trials against him in 2019 for his pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and in 2021 for the assault on the Capitol on January 6 of the same year. , of which he was acquitted.


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