Republican John Boehner narrowly re-elected House speaker

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 05:40 hrs

US Republican John Boehner has been re-elected as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Boehner overcame dissatisfaction among fellow Republicans over his handling of this week's fiscal cliff vote, as well as a decision to delay a vote on an aid package for victims of December's 'superstorm' Sandy.

The 220 to 192 vote saw several Republicans vote against him or abstain, but not enough to derail his re-election bid, the BBC reports.

According to the report, no Republican stood against him, but Democrats voted for their party leader, Nancy Pelosi.

Boehner calmed cries from East Coast politicians after promising to vote on the full 60 billion dollars package in two parts by 15 January.

A vote on nine billion dollars in immediate aid will be among the lower chamber's first substantive business on Friday, Boehner has said.

In an address, Boehner alluded to forthcoming discussions over government spending, the report said. (ANI)

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