Italian socialist lawmaker David Sassoli has been elected speaker of the European Parliament for the next two and a half years.
In the second round of voting for the bloc’s top jobs in Strasbourg, Sassoli received the support of 345 out of a total of 667 MEPs to defeated three other candidates having.
The 63-year-old former journalist from Florence, replaces conservative Antonio Tajani, who had been speaker since 2017.
In his inaugural speech, Sassoli urged Europeans to counter the “virus” of extreme nationalism and called for a reform of EU rules on migration and political asylum.
His appointment followed Tuesday’s decision by the bloc’s 28 governments to appoint German conservative Ursula Von der Leyen as European Commission president and France’s Christine Lagarde as European Central Bank head.