Swedish Green MP Alice Bah Kuhnke won 101 votes and the Spanish far-left candidate Sira Reg 57 votes. A total of 74 votes cast were invalid. Polish Conservative Kosma Zlotowski withdrew his candidacy at the last minute.
In her first speech in her new role, Metsola recalled her predecessor, David Sassoli, who died last week, and his contribution to the European institutions and democracy. She spoke about the importance of combating climate change and its inseparability from the economy, the role of young people in the further development of Europe or the role of women not only in politics. She also expressed her condolences to the families of the murdered journalists Ján Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia, who she said were fighting for the truth.
The election of the President will be followed by the election of 14 Vice-Presidents, voting for the covid-19 pandemic for the first time at a distance. Among other things, two Czech representatives will defend their positions as vice-presidents. Dita Charanzová, elected as YES, is nominated by the Liberal faction and the pirate vice-chairman Marcel Kolaja of the Green faction.
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