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Speaker

in the constitutional law of the UK, an office as old as, or older than, the 14th century, the main duty of which is to preside over the HOUSE OF COMMONS. Now, the Speaker of the House of Commons is elected by the Commons but on the nomination of the party leaders after wide consultation with ordinary Members. It is a convention that the sovereign's consent is sought and given. The Speaker is usually re-elected in subsequent Parliaments. The Speaker liaises with the Queen and between the Commons and the Lords. See LORD CHANCELLOR.

SPEAKER. The presiding officer of the house of representatives of the United States is so called. The presiding officer of either branch of the state legislatures generally bears this name.

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In addition, if the reformist Aref wins the speakership, hard-line figures and institutions outside parliament may well react aggressively and sour the political atmosphere in the country, which would both make getting anything done harder and also create difficulties for Rouhani when he makes his run in 2017 for a second term as president.
All recent speakers, including Hastert, left the speakership rated more negatively than positively, and much worse off than when they started.
After the 40 or so members of the tea-party-oriented Freedom Caucus derailed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's candidacy for the speakership, Republicans had nowhere else to turn for leadership.
Conservatives should not grant Ryan that sort of power simply in order to place him in the Speakership.
After a few prolonged speakership deadlocks, the binding-party nominating caucus developed after the Civil War to pull intraparty splits over speakership candidates off the House floor and into the caucus room, safely out of sight of the public and the opposing party, leaving twentieth- and twenty-first-century Congresses with minimal organizational drama but tighter majority-party control.
For his part, Berri is betting on Jumblatt's MPs, who along with MPs from his parliamentary bloc and those from the blocs of Hezbollah, Arslan, MP Suleiman Franjieh, the Bth Party and Murr constitute an absolute majority needed for him to return to the speakership.
Despite the fact that the Canadian Speakership has yet to achieve the same level of independence and impartiality as the much older and more established British one, in many ways it has been one step ahead of its counterpart at Westminster.
Announcing the results of the balloting, Deputy Speaker Agha gave ruling that the resolution to oust Bhootani from the office of Speakership is adopted with majority and Bhootani is no more Speaker of Balochistan Assembly.
When asked Friday if his speakership is at risk, Boehner at first avoided the question.
The vote technically was just for the interim speakership.
The NCA speakership specifies that it was "forced to expel" Al Aridha NCA members Skander Bouallegui and Aymen Zouaghi, as stipulated by Article 85 of the Assembly's internal rules which authorises the Speaker "to order expulsion of any person who violates the rules inside the Assembly," specifies communique.
The Speaker cabled congratulations to newly-elected Tunisian counterpart Mostafa Bin Jaafar for his assumption of the speakership.