David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, dies at age 65

STRASBOURG, France: The President of the European parliament, David Sassolic, died early Tuesday in hospital in Italy, his spokesman said on Twitter.
The 65-year-old Italian had been seriously ill in hospital for more than two weeks due to a dysfunction of his immune system.
“David Sassoli died on January 11 at 1.15 am at the CRO in Aviano, Italy, where he was hospitalized,” his spokesman said. Roberto Cuillo tweeted.
“The date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the coming hours.”
The former television newscaster had been hospitalized since December 26 due to “a serious complication from immune system dysfunction”. Knife had said Monday, announcing the cancellation of Sassoli’s official activities.
Sassoli had been hospitalized for several weeks last September with pneumonia.
The European Parliament sits for a period of five years between elections, but the president of the body serves half of that time.
Sassoli had already indicated that he would not stand for re-election.
He was born on May 30, 1956 in Florence, Italy.
After a career spanning three decades as an Italian journalist, starting in newspapers and then moving to television and becoming a nationally renowned anchor, Sassoli became a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and a speaker in 2019.
He was a member of the center left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, the second largest group in parliament after the centre-right European People’s Party.
Although his role was that of speaker, he held the title of President of the European Legislature. His arrival to the room was traditionally announced in Italian as “Il Presidente”.
Unlike some EU officials, who speak in English and French in public appearances, Sassoli made it a point to use Italian.
Next Tuesday, MEPs are expected to hold the first round of voting for his successor.

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