Italy's David Sassoli elected European Parliament president

Wednesday, 2019-07-03 20:17:07
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Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli. (Photo: Reuters)
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Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli was elected president of the European Parliament on Wednesday (July 3), winning 345 votes in the second round of voting.

Sassoli has been an MEP for the centre-left S&D group since 2009, representing Central Italy, and is a member of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party.

Before entering politics in 2009, Sassoli worked as a journalist. He'd contributed to local newspapers, worked as a TV news reporter and presenter before becoming a deputy director of TG1, Italy's state-owned broadcaster.

The new European Parliament voted earlier Wednesday for the successor of the outgoing President Antonio Tajani. In the first round of voting, Sassoli won 325 votes. To win, a candidate must get absolute majority of the valid votes cast in the parliament.