European Parliament Speaker David Sassoli dies at age 65: spokesperson

European Parliament Speaker David Sassoli died at the age of 65, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Sassoli, an Italian Social Democrat, former journalist and Florentine television newscaster, died at 1:15 am local time, said his spokesman Roberto Quilo. twitter.

“@EP_President David Sassoli died at 1:15 am on January 11th at the CRO of Aviano (PN), Italy, where he was hospitalized,” said Curillo. “The date and location of the funeral will be announced within a few hours.” Quilo did not provide details about the situation of Sassori’s death.

Sassori, who had previously been treated for leukemia, has been hospitalized many times since September due to serious health problems such as pneumonia.

Due to his ongoing health problems, he was unable to chair the Strasbourg-based Parliament for the past few weeks and was scheduled to give a speech in September in the European Commission’s annual State of the Union address. I didn’t attend.

on Monday, His office said He was recently hospitalized “due to serious complications of immune system dysfunction” from December 26th. As a result, all his official activities were canceled again.

Born May 30, 1956 in Florence, Sassoli began working as a journalist in small newspapers and newspapers before moving to the editorial department of the Italian national daily Il Giorno in Rome. I worked there for 7 years.

In 1992 he began working as a television news reporter and correspondent on the Italian national television channel TeleGiornale 3 (TG3), working on Rai Uno and Rai Due news programs seven years later before joining the editorial staff of the TG1. Special correspondent.

Over the next decade, Sassoli has become a popular name covering major national and international events and became the Deputy Director of the TG1 in 2007.

On June 7, 2009, he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of Central Italy and was reelected in 2014. He was also elected Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament, with Mediterranean policies, budgets, and buildings.

Sassoli began his third term as a member of the European Parliament in May 2019 and was elected 705 members of parliament on July 3 in place of parliamentarian Antonio Tajani.

In an interview with Politico At the time, Sassoli admitted that he was surprised at the last choice of the Speaker of Parliament in the face of fierce competition with Bulgarian Sergei Stanishev, the President of the Party of European Socialists.

“It happened at the very end,” Sassori said. “I wasn’t on the EU leaders list. I’m not the product of the board. I’m the product of the conclusions reached by the pro-European group in Parliament.”

Tuesday stani chef Repost Twitter post According to an article by the Party of European Socialists: Our idea is in his family. He will be greatly missed. “

In his inaugural address, Sassoli urged Europeans to counter the “virus” of extreme nationalism and called for reforms in EU regulations on immigration and political asylum.

“In recent months, too many people have fueled divisions and conflicts and sadly reminded us of our history. Instead, citizens answer the global challenges that precede us. I have shown that I still believe in this extraordinary road, the only way I can do it, “Sassori said.

“We must have the power to resume the integration process, change unions, respond more strongly to the needs of our citizens, and give real answers to their concerns about the ever-increasing sense of loss. Must be, “he said.

His death comes only a few days before the end of his presidency. The European Parliament will elect his successor in Strasbourg next week.

Catabella Roberts


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