Germany’s von der Leyen voted new European Commission president

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has won the vote to become the next president of the European Commission, and will be the first woman to hold the post.

She received 383 out of 747 possible votes, just nine more than the minimum for her election. 327 lawmakers voted against her and 22 abstained.

In brief remarks after the final tally was announced, she said her aim was for a strong and united Europe.

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