European parliament president has died – spokesperson

European Parliament President David Sassoli attends a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, November 24, 2021. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — European Parliament President David Sassoli died on Tuesday in hospital in Italy where he was admitted on Dec. 26, his spokesperson and office said.

Sassoli, 65, died at 1.15 a.m. (0015 GMT), his spokesperson Roberto Cuillo said on Twitter.

Sassoli, an Italian socialist and former journalist from Florence, had been hospitalized last month due to a “serious complication” related to his immune system, his office had said on Monday, according to Reuters.

He had been president of the 705-seat parliament since 2019.

His term in the predominantly ceremonial role had been due to end this month.

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