Australia Speaker Resigns

November 24, 2011 - 12:10 AM
In this photo taken on March 23, 2011, Peter Slipper, right, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, meets with Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uyghur Congress, in Parliament House, Canberra. Australia's Parliament elected opposition lawmaker Slipper as its new House of Representatives speaker on Thursday, Nov. 24, an unprecedented move that strengthens Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tenuous grip on power because the speaker does not vote in most cases. (AP Photo/Mark Graham)