European Parliament elects first female president in 20 years — Analysis
Malta’s Roberta Metsola has pledged to connect with citizens beyond the Brussels and Strasbourg “bubbles”
Metsola, 42 years old, is the first Maltese president of European Parliament. She has served as its member since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the first vice president of the European Parliament during Sassoli’s tenure.
Metsola stated that it was in a Twitter video she posted before her election. “time that the European Parliament is led by a woman,”The EU should send a positive signal to this end “every single young girl”Across the continent.
Metsola stated that she would support parliamentarians in her promise to them. “re-capture that sense of hope & enthusiasm”In the European project, aiming to link citizens with people beyond “bubbles”Strasbourg and Brussels
When just a student, Metsola campaigned for Malta to join the EU, which it did in 2004, becoming the bloc’s smallest member state with a population of just over 500,000.
Before Metsola’s election, the EU Parliament has only had two female presidents, both from France, since becoming a directly elected assembly: Simone Veil from 1979 to 1982 and Nicole Fontaine from 1999 to 2002.
Four candidates including Metsola had submitted their names ahead of Monday’s deadline to submit nominations, which was at 5:00 GMT (4:00 GMT). She defeated Sweden’s Alice Bah Kuhnke, Poland’s Kosma Zlotowski, and Spain’s Sira Rego.
The election was triggered by Sassoli’s passing on January 11, 2022, after he had been admitted to hospital with a severe case of pneumonia caused by legionella and suffered “serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system.”
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