Italian Tajani wins run-off vote for presidency of European Parliament

Long-time Italian commissioner to the EU Antonio Tajani has won the run-off vote to become the new president of the European Parliament. He beat Gianni Pittella in a final run-off vote.

The political leadership of the European Parliament changed on Tuesday as Antonio Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament.

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Ahead of the run-off, in the third round ballot, Tajani won 291 votes compared to 199 for the center-left Socialists and Democrats’ (S&D) Gianni Pittella. Flemish nationalist Helga Stevens from the European Conservatives and Reformers was third with 58 and her group then gave its backing to Tajani.

(Photos: EC Audiovisual Service)

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