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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died this Tuesday at 65 to after more than two weeks of hospital admission in Italy for complications after a dysfunction of your immune system, informed his spokesperson, Roberto Cuillo.
“The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died at 1.15 am on January 11,” Cuillo announced on the social network Twitter.
You specify that the death occurred in the Oncology Reference Center (CRO) of Aviano, in Italy, where he was hospitalized.
The Italian politician’s spokesman added that “the date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours.”
After contracting a pneumonia Last September, Sassoli had spent more than two months recovering in his native country and had recently returned to political activity when on December 26 he was admitted to an Italian hospital again for “serious complications following a dysfunction of his immune system. “.
Your income It was not made public until this Monday, fifteen days later, when his spokesman announced the cancellation of all his public acts.
After that announcement, the social networks of the leaders of the European institutions and of several of the heads of the main groups of the European Parliament, as well as of the Italian political class were filled with samples of support and affection for the president of the European Parliament.
The Italian Social Democrat, who before entering politics had a extensive journalistic career, He was appointed president of the European Parliament in July 2019 and was in the final week of his mandate, since next Tuesday the European Parliament elect a new president for having reached the halfway point of this term (2019-2024).
It is the first time in the history of the European Parliament that an incumbent president has died.
According to the internal regulations of the European Parliament, the first vice president must serve as president until the election of the successor.
In this case, the first vice-president is the Maltese Roberta Metsola, of the European People’s Party, who was already the favorite to take office in the renewal of the leadership of the European Parliament scheduled for next week in Strasbourg (France).
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