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Tajani elected president of European Parliament
Italian parliament member and candidate for the presidency Antonio Tajani delivers his speech before the vote for the presidency of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. The European Parliament picks a success to its outgoing socialist President Martin Schulz. Unlike previous occasions the race is still open as the legislature meets. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
BRUSSELS — Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament on yesterday in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent.
Before the first round of voting, the EPP, the largest group in the legislature, and the ALDE liberals, the fourth-largest, announced a coalition that gave Tajani a big early lead over S&D socialist Gianni Pittella.
He maintained the lead through four rounds of voting.
The battle among the two Italians was won by Tajani on a vote of 351-282.
Tajani's victory gives the Christian Democrats all the biggest jobs in the EU, with Donald Tusk as Council President and Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission chief.