US Speaker Kevin McCarthy impeached
In a first in the history of the US Congress, Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, was ousted from his post on Tuesday, the victim of fratricidal quarrels within his party. After a tense debate between Conservatives in the hemicycle, 216 elected members voted to remove him, including eight Republicans, against 210. Immediately after this unprecedented result, a nonetheless smiling Kevin McCarthy was surrounded by members of his party, who gave him a hug and shook his hand.
The vote opens a period of turbulence in the lower house, where a replacement has to be chosen, something that promises to be very complicated. It came after a far right legislator, Matt Gaetz, tabled a motion to impeach the Speaker, even though he is a member of his Party. The Florida representative blames McCarthy mainly for negotiating a provisional budget to fund the federal administration with Democratic legislators, which was opposed by many conservatives. He also accuses McCarthy of reaching a “secret deal” with President Joe Biden on a possible package for Ukraine.
The right wing of the Republican Party is strongly opposed to the release of additional funds for Kyiv, believing that the money should instead be used to combat the migratory crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico. (The Brussels Times)