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 within the Italian city of Aviano.
No reason for demise was instantly out there. However he was hospitalized with extreme pneumonia throughout a plenary session of the Parliament in September and later returned to Italy to get better, The Related 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 quite a lot of establishments inside the European Union. Its 700-plus members serve five-year terms; the subsequent election wis in 2024.
The Parliament additionally performs an important position in deciding on the president of the European Fee, 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.
“Pricey David, my ideas are with you as you struggle to your well being,” she wrote. “I want you a speedy and full restoration. Bon braveness, as you typically say.”