US Democrats take House of Representatives

2018-11-07 at 13:30

The US Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump.

Taking control of the lower chamber of Congress for the first time in eight years will enable Democrats to thwart the president’s agenda.

But Trump’s Republicans have retained control of the US Senate. Yesterday’s vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

Female candidates stole the spotlight in the House in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

The Democrats can now launch investigations into Trump’s administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest, while blocking his legislative plans.

Democrats Ilhan OImar and Rashida Tlaib are also expected to make history in Minnesota and Michigan respectively as the first Muslim women elected to Congress.