Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, wipes his eyes as he gives a farewell speech from the House floor at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, October 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
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The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday voted to install Republican Representative Paul Ryan as its new speaker, replacing John Boehner following a revolt by conservative lawmakers who forced his retirement.Ryan won 236 votes among the 247 Republicans in the chamber, indicating that the Wisconsin congressman was deserted by only a handful of the conservatives who pushed out Boehner.His main Republican challenger, Representative Daniel Webster of Florida, received nine votes, while former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee each received one vote.
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