Metsola has the support of popular, social democrats and liberals, the same colors that in 2019 raised his predecessor, David Sassoli, to the presidency of the Eurochamber
- Eurocmara Strasbourg fires David Sassoli in tears and votes for his successor
The European Parliament elects its new president this Tuesday for the remaining two and a half years of the 2019-2024 legislature in a vote for which the MEP popular Maltese Roberta Metsola He has the support of the three large groups and, therefore, all the ballots to take over the position.
Metsola, who turns 43 this Tuesday, has the support of popular, social democrats and liberals to gather a majority of the same colors that in 2019 raised the presidency of the Eurocmara to his predecessor, David Sassoli, and to that of the Commission to the german Ursula von der Leyen.
After weeks of negotiations between the three groups, the Social Democrats and the Liberals announced on Monday afternoon that they would support the popular candidate; in the case of the socialist caucus, in exchange for more weight among the 14 vice-presidencies of the institution and other leadership positions in the Eurochamber, although without his desired relief from the secretary general of the institution, the popular Klaus Wave.
In addition to Metsola, the other three deputies who have applied for the position, albeit with virtually no options, are the Swedish Greens Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Spanish of the Left Sira Rego and the Polish conservative Kosma Zlotowski.
Absolute majority in a maximum of four rounds
The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a brief presentation before the chamber of each of the candidates, after which the first round of voting will be held at 9:30 a.m. and will last 45 minutes.
The vote will be cast electronically due to the pandemic, so the result will not be known until 11:00 a.m.
A candidate needs to obtain an absolute majority of valid votes cast (half plus one) to be elected; If this margin is not achieved in the first round, a second and a third round will be held, to which the same candidates can present themselves again and whose results will be announced at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.
Only the two candidates who have obtained the most support in the third round may present themselves to a possible fourth round. This final result will be known at 6:30 p.m.
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