Italian Socialist Becomes The New President of The EU Parliament

Published July 3rd, 2019 - 01:21 GMT
Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli (S&D Group) delivers a speech after being elected new president of the European Parliament during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Assembly on July 3, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France.  FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP
Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli (S&D Group) delivers a speech after being elected new president of the European Parliament during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Assembly on July 3, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP
Highlights
Before today he was the parliament's vice-president.

David-Maria Sassoli was elected the EU Parliament's new president on Wednesday, the EP's Twitter account announced.

Sassoli was the candidate of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) for the position and was elected by the votes of the members of the European Parliament.

Before today he was the parliament's vice-president.

Sassoli, a former journalist, was born in Florence in 1956 and in 2009 was elected an MEP from Italy's leftist Democratic Party.

After not getting an absolute majority of votes in the first round, Sassoli was elected in the second round with 345 votes.

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The EP's previous president Antonio Tajani is also Italian.

The president serves for two-and-a-half years.

He is responsible for managing work of the parliament, approving the EU's budget, and signing the laws of the EU along with the president of the EU Council.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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