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John Boehner elected House of Representatives speaker

The 112th US Congress has convened in Washington, starting a new legislative session in which resurgent Republicans aim to cut the size of the US government and its spending.

The new Congress is being sworn in two months after mid-term elections which saw President Barack Obama's Democrats suffer heavy losses to the opposition.

Republican John Boehner has taken over the key role of House speaker, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

  • 05 Jan 2011