Republican party in disarray after its House votes out its speaker Kevin McCarthy

Updated: Oct 4 2023 6:42AM

By Lalit K Jha

Washington, Oct 4 (PTI) The opposition Republican Party plunged into a crisis as its Speaker Kevin McCarthy lost the gavel after a small group of its Congressmen joined hands with the Democratic Party in an unprecedented vote in the House of Representatives.

Eight Republicans led by Congressman Matt Gaetz voted against McCarthy along with the Democrats in a 216 to 210 votes on Tuesday afternoon. Congressman Patrick McHenry was declared Speaker pro tempore as the two parties chalk out their future course of action.

This is the first time since 1910 that a House voted on whether to remove a sitting Speaker.