EU parliament president dies at 65
Published: 03:28 PM, 11 January 2022 Updated: 03:33 PM, 11 January 2022
The president of the European Parliament David Sassoli had died at the age of 65 in Italy.
Sassoli's spokesman Berto Suilo said the former Italian journalist and center-left politician had been ill for more than two weeks. All his formal activities were cancelled due to illness.
David Sassoli was admitted to a hospital in Italy last month with serious complications in his immune system. Roberto Suilo said in a tweet that David Sassoli died early Tuesday at a hospital in Aviano.
David Sassoli was taken to a hospital in Strasbourg in September last year. There he was treated for acute pneumonia. He resumed his political duties in November.
Earlier, David Sassoli had said he would not run for re-election as President of the European Parliament. As a result, there are already plans to select an alternative later this month.
David Sassoli was a news presenter on television and was elected President of the 705-seat European Parliament in July 2019. This position is considered to be the top position of the alliance. In addition to conducting sessions, he supervises the activities of Parliament.
David Sassoli has been a journalist for three decades. He was elected the member of the European Parliament in 2009. He was a member of the center-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.