Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli was elected as the new President of the European Parliament. gaining an absolute majority with 355 votes in the second ballot after falling short by just seven votes in the first round of voting at the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
A former vice-president of the European Parliament, 63-year-old Sassoli was given a round of... Еще applause by the MEPs as he hugged other members including his rival candidate German Greens' Ska Keller He will replace Antonio Tajani who gave him a warm welcome and wished him «success» in his new term.
In his acceptance speech, Sassoli thanked Tajani for his services with MEPs giving the outgoing president a standing ovation, before adding: «All of you will understand my emotions in this moment, for assuming the presidency of the European Parliament, and for having been chosen by you to represent the institution.»
Earlier in the day, the MEPs cast their ballot twice as the first round of voting failed to give a clear majority to any of the four candidates.