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Arroyo gets house speaker job

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Philippine's Former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo waves to colleagues after she was elected by congressmen as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Metro Manila, in Philippines July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Czar Dancel

MANILA (Reuters) – Former Philippine leader Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was sworn in as the country’s first woman house speaker late on Monday, following the removal of speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Ms Arroyo’s climb back to become the nation’s fourth most powerful elected official is expected to further strengthen Mr Duterte’s hand due to her political clout and good relations with some of his biggest critics, particularly among influential Catholic bishops. Ms Arroyo, 71, who was in power from 2001-2010 and then detained for five years for graft was ordered by the Supreme Court in 2016 to be released from hospital detention after it dismissed plunder charges against her.

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