Joe Souki, speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, will remain in his post for another two years.

All 43 Democrats — including the handful of new ones elected Tuesday — met today at the Capitol and gave unanimous support to Souki. John Mizuno will also continue as vice speaker.

Other leadership positions and committee chairs will be announced next week, says a House spokeswoman. The Senate announced its re-org Wednesday.

What’s not clear is whether the majority will work with the eight Republicans to form a coalition. Souki is not in a power struggle with the former speaker, Calvin Say, this time around, and so does not need the GOP votes to lead.

With the loss of Karen Awana’s seat on Tuesday, Democrats are down one seat. The minority caucus welcomes newbies Andria Tupola, who beat Awana, and Feki Pouha, who replaced Richard Fale.

No official word yet on how the House GOP might reorganize, but Aaron Ling Johanson seems poised to remain in charge. And there is talk of some Democratic lawmakers going to work for Gov.-elect David Ige.

Joe Souki and John Mizuno

Speaker Joe Souki and Vice Speaker John Mizuno.

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