The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died this Tuesday at the age of 65 in a hospital in the town of Aviano, in northern Italy, where he was admitted since the end of December due to a complication of his immune system. .
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The information was advanced by his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo, who announced: “the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died at 1:15 am on January 11.”
It is the first time that a president of the European Parliament has died in the exercise of his functions, although Sassoli’s health had generated concern in recent months.
Cuillo said that the death occurred at the Aviano Oncology Reference Center (CRO), in Italy, where he was hospitalized, while adding that the date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours.
After contracting 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 after a dysfunction. of your immune system. “
However, his entry was not made public until this Monday, fifteen days later, when his spokesman announced the cancellation of all his public acts.
It will be the vice president of the European People’s Party, the Maltese Roberta Metsola, who will be in charge of occupying the position of Sassoli, now vacant, as she was the candidate who had already been chosen by the European People’s Party, with a majority in the European Parliament to succeed her.
The EU flags are lowered at half-mast in memory of David Sassoli, outstanding President of the European Parliament, passionate European and proud Italian.
As we mourn his passing, the EU stands with his family and the Italian people. pic.twitter.com/otnJt0o5xQ
– European Commission (@EU_Commission)
January 11, 2022
As soon as the news was known, members of all the political families of the hemicycle have issued messages of condolence for his death.
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