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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 02:05 PM

Ursula von der Leyen elected European Commission president

Source: Politico-Europe


Center-right nominee becomes first woman to lead EU.

By MAA DE LA BAUME AND DAVID M. HERSZENHORN 7/16/19, 7:39 PM CET Updated 7/16/19, 7:42 PM CET

STRASBOURG The European Parliament on Tuesday elected Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission the first woman to hold the EU's top executive job.

Von der Leyen, the candidate of the center-right European People's Party and a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, will be the first German to lead the bloc in more than a half-century, since Walter Hallstein served from 1958 to 1967.

Von der Leyen won 383 votes in a secret ballot, only a little above the absolute majority of 374 she required to be elected. She had the declared backing of the three mainstream, pro-EU groups the center-right European People's Party, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, and the centrist-liberal Renew Europe group.

The Greens group, as well as right-wing and left-wing groups, had previously announced their intention to vote against her.

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Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/ursula-von-der-leyen-elected-european-commission-president/

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