EU Parliament President David Sassoli dies aged 65

Former tv newsreader was in hospital since December 26 as a consequence of a dysfunction of the immune system.

David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, has died in hospital in Italy the place he was admitted in December.

The 65-year-old Italian had been critically ailing for greater than two weeks as a consequence of a dysfunction of his immune system.

“David Sassoli passed away at 1.15 am on 11 January at the CRO in Aviano, Italy, where he was hospitalised,” his spokesman Roberto Cuillo tweeted on Tuesday. “The date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours.”

The former tv newsreader had been in hospital since December 26 following “a serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system”, Cuillo had mentioned on Monday, asserting the cancellation of Sassoli’s official actions.

Sassoli was beforehand hospitalised with pneumonia for a number of weeks in September final 12 months.

The European Parliament sits for a five-year time period between elections, however the president of the physique serves for half that point.

Sassoli had already indicated that he wouldn’t search re-election.

Former journalist

After a three-decade profession as a journalist – beginning out in newspapers then shifting to tv and turning into a nationally identified anchor – Sassoli grew to become a member of the European Parliament in 2009, and speaker in 2019.

He was a member of the centre-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second-biggest grouping within the parliament after the centre-right European People’s Party.

Although his function was that of a speaker, he had the title of president of the European legislature. His arrival within the chamber was historically introduced in Italian as “Il Presidente”.

Unlike some European Union officers, who converse in English and French in public appearances, Sassoli had made some extent of utilizing Italian.

MEPs are anticipated to carry the primary spherical of voting for his successor subsequent Tuesday.


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