The American House of Representatives Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, has been impeached.

McCarthy’s fate was sealed after lawmakers decided to oust the California Republican from the speakership.

This is the first time in U.S. history that a speaker of the House has been fired.

According to USA Today, the rebellion, led by conservative hardliner Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., roiled the House in chaos.

The move to oust McCarthy – known as a motion to vacate – had the support of some other hard-right lawmakers who have expressed anger at McCarthy for working with Democrats to avert a government shutdown.

With House Republicans’ razor-thin majority, McCarthy’s fate appeared to fall in the hands of Democrats, who huddled in an extended closed-door meeting Tuesday morning to discuss strategy but ultimately decided not to save McCarthy.

CNN reports that
Kevin McCarthy will not run for speaker again after the House ousted him from the top leadership post in a historic vote on Tuesday.

The tally was 216 to 210 with eight Republicans siding with Democrats to remove him from the speakership.
The House will now need to elect a new speaker. There is no clear alternative to McCarthy – but the race for a potential successor is already underway with a vote expected next week.

The White House called on the GOP to elect a new speaker quickly In the meantime, Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina is the interim speaker.
The fight over the speakership marks a major escalation in tensions for a GOP conference that has been mired in infighting — and it comes just days after McCarthy engineered a last-minute bipartisan effort to avert a government shutdown.

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