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The President of the Parliament of the European Union, David Sassoli, passed away this Tuesday in a hospital Italy in which he had been admitted since December 26, his spokesman and his office reported. Sassoli was admitted to the health center due to a “serious complication” related to his immune system.

His health condition had started to deteriorate in September, when he had been hospitalized after contracting severe pneumonia. However, a week later he had been discharged from the hospital and remained in his native Italy for the next two months, recovering, NA reported.

“The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died at 1:15 on January 11 at the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico di Aviano, Italy, where he was hospitalized. The date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours, “said his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo, through his Twitter account.

The Italian socialist and ex-journalist from Firenze was president of the Parliament, made up of 705 deputies, since 2019. In his inauguration speech, Sassoli had urged Europeans to counter the “virus” of extreme nationalism and called for a reform of the rules of the European Union on migration and political asylum, Reuters reported.

His predominantly ceremonial mandate was due to end this month. Due to his illness, he has not been able to preside over the Parliament based in Strasbourg in recent weeks and was unable to attend the European Commission’s annual State of the Union event in September. Maltese Roberta Metsola, First Vice President of the European Legislative, is the favorite to replace him in office.

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