European Parliament elects a woman as president after 20 years | News


The deputy Roberta Metsola, national of Malta, was elected this Monday as the new president of the European Parliament, becoming the third woman to lead the instance, the last deputy had been elected in 2002.


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The Maltese obtained 458 votes (the necessary majority) over the Swedish Alice Bah Kuhnke and the Spanish Sira Rego, who received 101 and 57 votes respectively.

Metsola is scheduled for her first meeting with international media as President of the Parliament next Wednesday in the Daphne Caruana Galizia press room located in Strasbourg, France.

Before Metsola, the position of president of the European parliament had been held by the French Simone Veil, who was in office from 1979 to 1982, and Nicole Fontaine, who presided over the body between 1999 and 2002.

Metsola will be the successor in the presidency David Sassoli who died on January 11 and held the position from 2019 until his death.

The European Parliament was established in September 1952 and has its official seat in Strasbourg, France and the headquarters of its General Secretariat in Luxembourg.

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