House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been ousted after a right-wing revolt on his backbench.
Mr McCarthy was removed as leader of the Republican majority in the lower chamber of Congress in a 216-210 vote.
Ultra-conservative frustration over his leadership boiled over at the weekend when he struck a deal with Senate Democrats to fund government agencies.
This is the first time in US history that a Speaker of the House has been removed via a motion to vacate.
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