July 3, 2019 / 11:08 AM / 16 days ago

Italian socialist Sassoli elected president of EU Parliament

STRASBOURG, July 3 (Reuters) - The European Parliament elected Italian socialist lawmaker David Sassoli on Wednesday as its speaker for the next 2-1/2 years.

Sassoli, 63, was elected after two rounds of votes by lawmakers at the first plenary session of the assembly which emerged from EU elections in May.

Sassoli, a former journalist from Florence, has been a lawmaker in the EU parliament for a decade. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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