Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Antonio Tajani to be next European Parliament head

Italian centre-right politician Antonio Tajani has been elected the new president of the European Parliament after a final round of voting tonight.

Mr Tajani, an ally of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, got 351 votes, while his socialist rival Gianni Pittella got 282, outgoing leader Martin Schulz said.

"I congratulate you warmly. I wish you good luck as you carry out your mandate," Mr Schulz said as he shook hands with Mr Tajani.

European Council leader Donald Tusk hailed the importance of a position at the head of the EU's only elected body at a time of crises in the bloc.

"I congratulate Antonio Tajani as next EP president and look forward to cooperating. A united, strong EU needs a constructive, effective EP," Mr Tusk said.

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