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Republican Kevin McCarthy wins US House majority leader post

Published on Jun 20, 2014 8:42 AM
Newly elected House Majority Leader Rep Kevin Mccarthy walks out of a House Republican Conference meeting on June 19, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republican Kevin McCarthy was selected on Thursday as the new US House majority leader, capping a whirlwind week for a party scrambling to heal internal rifts after the ouster of GOP number two Eric Cantor.

With the even-keeled McCarthy elected to the position vacated by Mr Cantor, his job as House majority whip was won by far-right up-and-comer Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who pledged to bring a more conservative value set to Republican leadership.

Mr McCarthy emerged this week as the consensus candidate to fill the majority leader role at a time of deep divisions within the Republican Party ahead of November's congressional elections.

"I make one promise: I will work every single day to make sure this conference has the courage to lead, with the wisdom to listen," Mr McCarthy told reporters after the closed-door vote.

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