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David Sassoli, European Union parliament president, dies at age 65 – Nationwide

David Sassoli, European Union parliament president, dies at age 65 – Nationwide

David Sassoli, the Italian journalist who labored his manner up in politics and have become president of the European Union’s parliament, died at a hospital in Italy early Tuesday, his spokesperson mentioned.

No particulars had been offered in a tweet by spokesperson Roberto Cuillo. Sassoli, a socialist, had been hospitalized since Dec. 26 as a consequence of irregular functioning of his immune system, Cuillo mentioned in a press release launched the day earlier than Sassoli’s demise.

“This hospitalization was crucial due to a critical complication as a consequence of a dysfunction of the immune system,” the assertion mentioned.

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Sassoli had been struggling for months with poor well being but stayed on the job, the place his vigor and simple smile had been a trademark.

Sassoli got here to steer the legislature in 2019 following an intricate bout of political infighting amongst EU leaders which additionally noticed German Christian Democrat Ursula von der Leyen turn into EU Fee President and Belgian free-market liberal Charles Michel take the job as EU Council president.

“I’m deeply saddened by the horrible lack of an excellent European & proud Italian,” von der Leyen mentioned on Twitter. “David Sassoli was a compassionate journalist, an impressive President of the European Parliament and, first & foremost, an expensive good friend.”

Sassoli, 65, was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009. He received one other time period in 2014 and served as its vp.

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He had thought of operating for the second a part of the five-year time period which begins subsequent week, however determined to not run for reelection when lawmakers select their new president in Strasbourg, France.

The European Parliament represents the 450 million residents of the European Union and refers to itself as “the guts of European democracy.” It’s certainly one of seven branches of the EU and has greater than 700 members immediately elected by its member nations.

Sassoli had sturdy convictions, particularly on social points like migration.


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