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David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, Dies at 65

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David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, died on Tuesday in Italy, his spokesman and the parliament’s workplace in Washington stated. He was 65.

The workplace stated in a post on Twitter that Mr. Sassoli had died in the Italian city of Aviano.

No trigger of demise was instantly accessible. But he was hospitalized with extreme pneumonia throughout a plenary session of the Parliament in September and later returned to Italy to recuperate, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Sassoli was hospitalized once more on Dec. 26 as a result of his immune system was not functioning usually, Mr. Sassoli’s spokesman, Roberto Cuillo, stated on Monday on social media.

Mr. Sassoli led the European Parliament, which approves or rejects laws, establishes budgets and supervises a range of establishments inside the European Union. Its 700-plus members serve five-year phrases; the subsequent election wis in 2024.

The Parliament additionally performs an important function in choosing the president of the European Commission, whose members are appointed by nationwide governments.

The fee’s present president, Ursula von der Leyen, addressed Mr. Sassoli’s sickness in a Twitter post on Monday evening.

“Dear David, my thoughts are with you as you fight for your health,” she wrote. “I wish you a speedy and full recovery. Bon courage, as you often say.”