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Nancy Pelosi elected as Speaker of diverse US House of Representatives

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi has again been elected as Speaker - the third most powerful role in Washington - in the US House of Representatives.

She reclaimed the gavel after the most diverse class of lawmakers were sworn in and as Democrats took control of the House after mid-term elections gains.

Her victory came as the US government remained partly shut down in a row over funds for the president's border wall.

Ms Pelosi has said she wants to end the shutdown but will not support the wall.

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"I'm particularly proud to be a woman Speaker of the house of this Congress, which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote," she said.

"And, that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of Congress - the largest number in history. "

Ms Pelosi, 78, seized the gavel as the House welcomed more women than ever before in the 116th Congress.

Image captionDemocratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (second left), Barbara Lee, Jahana Hayes, Lauren Underwood, and Sheila Jackson-Lee

As of Thursday, 102 women serve in the House, an all-time high, including 36 newly elected members and a record 43 women of colour.

While Republican women marked some firsts this past election season - like Marsha Blackburn becoming the first female Tennessee senator - the vast majority of these new lawmakers are Democrats.

Among them are the first Muslim congresswomen - Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar - and the first Native American women to serve - New Mexico's Debra Haaland and Kansas' Sharice Davids.

Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence met with Republican and Democratic leaders on Wednesday

The 116th Congress has become the most diverse in history


My view: Nancy Pelosi is a powerful woman and she is capable of doing her job very well and at the same time handling baby blimp Trump. Donald Trump doesn't like anyone getting all the attention, so he will do anything to put a stop to Nancy Pelosi's big day and yesterday was no exception, so Trump calls a "surprise" White House press briefing or rather fake press briefing just to steal the limelight from Speaker Pelosi.

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