Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli became the President of the European Parliament in the second round of the vote. Czech MEP Jan Zahradil of the Civic Democrats, a candidate of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, finished a distant second.
Zahradil’s loss means that Central and Eastern Europe lost its theoretical chance to gain one of the top EU posts for the next five-year term. Still, Mr Zahradil said after the vote that he regarded the result a success, considering that the conservative ECR group only has 52 MEPs.
The election of the 14 vice-presidents was due to take place on Wednesday afternoon, with Czech MEP Dita Charanzová of the ANO party, a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group, running for one of the posts.
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