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Rep. Marcus Oshiro says House leadership battle is not over

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State Rep. Marcus Oshiro says it’s not clear yet who will lead the state House despite an announcement by former speaker Rep. Joe Souki that he has the vote to reclaim the post. 

Oshiro said in a statement Friday the organization of the House won’t be official until 51 members vote at the start of a new legislative session in January. 

The Democrat says there’s still time to consider who is best to lead the House. Oshiro served as House Finance Committee chairman in the most recent session. 

Oshiro says it concerns him Souki has offered leadership positions to members of the Republican minority in exchange for their support.

Souki, a Democrat, said Wednesday he’s forming a coalition with Republicans and will return as House speaker.

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