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Antonio Tajani elected new president of the European Parliament

Antonio Tajani (Italy) won Parliament's presidential election with 351 votes in a final face-off with Gianni Pittella (Italy), who secured 282 votes.

2017-01-18 11:00:45

No candidate won the required absolute majority of valid votes cast in the first three rounds of voting in Parliament's presidential election on Tuesday.

The election of a new European Parliament President began with three-minute speeches by the six candidates, outlining their ideas on how to lead the chamber over the next two and half years. Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE) withdrew his candidature before the vote. MEPs then proceeded to cast their votes in the first round.



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