The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died on Tuesday at 65 years after more than two weeks of hospital admission in Italy by complications after a dysfunction of his immune system, his spokesman, Roberto Cuillo reported.
"The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has died at 1.15 hours on January 11," said Cuillo in the Twitter social network.
He said that the death occurred at the Aviano oncology reference center (CRO), in Italy, where he was hospitalized.
The Italian politician spokesman added that "the date and place of the funeral will be communicated in the next few hours."
After contracting a pneumonia last September, Sassoli had spent more than two months recovering in his native country and had recently returned to political activity when on December 26 he joined again at an Italian Hospital for "Serious Complications after a Dysfunction of your immune system. "
After that announcement, the social networks of the leaders of the European institutions and several of the leaders of the main groups of the European Parliament, as well as the Italian Political Class were filled with samples of support and affection for the President of the Eurocámara.
The Italian Social Democrat, who before entering politics had a long journalistic career, was appointed president of the European Parliament in July 2019 and was in the final week of his mandate, since next Tuesday the Eurocámara will choose a new president by Having reached Ecuador from this legislature (2019-2024).
It is the first time in the history of the European Parliament that a president dies in exercise.
According to the Internal Regulation of the Eurocámara, the vice president must first practice as president until the election of the successor.
In this case, the First Vice President is the Maltese Roberta Metsola, of the European Popular Party, who was already a favorite to take office in the renovation of the Eurocámara predicted for next week in Strasbourg (France).Updated Date: 11 January 2022, 00:17