After several heated debates amongst Republicans, Kevin McCarthy has been selected as the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
Despite holding a majority in the legislature, Mr. McCarthy's election required 15 rounds of voting.
Before the vote, a spectacular lobbying operation was "allegedly" conducted on the House floor to convince party defector Matt Gaetz to support Mr. McCarthy.
One of the six naysayers who gave up late on Friday was the congressman from Florida.
Rep. Mike Rogers, a McCarthy supporter, and Mr. Gaetz nearly got into a physical altercation earlier in the meeting. The Alabama legislator yelled at him and pointed a finger at Mr. Gaetz, who was then forcefully arrested by his colleagues.
The Speaker is in control of all legislative action and sets the agenda for the House.
McCarthy tweeted the following after being confirmed: "After this week, I hope one thing is clear: I will never stop. And I'll continue to battle for you, American citizens."
Mr. McCarthy claims that former President Trump helped him gain crucial votes. "I don't think anybody should dispute his effect," he told reporters.
The guy added, "He was there for me from the beginning, phoning both myself and other individuals."
In addition to congratulating Mr. McCarthy on his win, US President Joe Biden stated his readiness to cooperate with the Republican Party.
"We need to rule in a way that prioritizes the interests of the American people above all else," he said." That is what the people of America expect of their leaders."
Republicans have already committed to investigating Mr. Biden's links to the government and his family's businesses.
In an unexpected turn of events, Mr. McCarthy was able to persuade 14 Republican holdouts to support him in the 12th round of voting. The fifteenth rebel vote came after the thirteenth.
After the 13th round of voting was canceled, McCarthy assured reporters that he would "have the votes" to win the speakership in the next round.
On the fourteenth ballot, the California congressman fell again, this time coming three votes short of the 217 votes necessary to win the coveted gavel.
Those who disagreed with the majority view included members of the House Freedom Caucus, who think that Mr. McCarthy is not sufficient enough to guide them as they work to frustrate President Joe Biden's strategy.
To appease the opposition, Mr. McCarthy made several concessions, including a seat on the influential rules committee that controls how legislation is handled in the chamber.
Even after Mr. McCarthy's victory, the Republican coalition may easily break apart once again because he agrees to lower the threshold for convening a vote on whether to remove the Speaker to only one House member.
As Ryan Zinke, a member from Montana gave the deciding vote, the House floor erupted in applause, indicating that Mr. McCarthy had finally prevailed.
McCarthy hugged and signed for other senators while the Democratic side of the room was dead silent.
"Insurrectionists failed to take over the Capitol two years ago," tweeted Congressman Eric Swalwell." They were able to take over the Republican Party tonight thanks to Kevin McCarthy."
Virginia congressman Don Beyer also recalled the Republican responses after the 14th count.
He described it as "unsettling" that on this day of all days, this process concluded in the House Chamber with threats of violence. "Though it may not have changed the outcome, it is not the proper way to conduct the people's business. People will undoubtedly remember this session for a very long time since it was dismal and depressing."
Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the first black person to ever lead a political party in Congress, was the leader of the Democrats, who had persevered in backing him.
It wasn't until Friday that Mr. McCarthy's vote total surpassed Mr. Jeffries'.
"That was easy, eh?" Mr. McCarthy said as he began to declare victory. He cited several Republican policy objectives, including cost-cutting, border security, and battling what he termed "woke to brainwash."
He said that one of his key aims was to curb "wasteful Washington spending."
14 hours after the gavel was first sounded at lunchtime on Saturday, at 2:00 local time (07:00 GMT), the MPs began to depart the Congress.
The last time the lower house of Congress voted this many times to choose a speaker was in the years leading up to the American Civil War in 1860. Back then, there were 44 voting rounds.
In the midterm elections held in November, Republicans won the House with a smaller victory than many had anticipated—222 to 212. Democrats continue to have sway over the Senate.