Since December 31, the Italian Social Democrat has been in hospital. He had previously suffered from leukemia. He was already admitted to hospital for pneumonia in the fall, which kept him from attending the European Parliament for several more weeks.
His spokesperson said that the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli (Italian Social Democrat), died in the evening of Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 January in Italy at the age 65.
“David Sassoli died on January 11 at 1:15 am at the CRO (oncology reference center) in Aviano, Italy, [au nord de Venise]Where he was admitted to hospitalSince December 31, Roberto Cuillo, spokesperson for David Sassoli, has announced the change on Twitter.
“The date and the place of the funeral will soon be known”He said so.
His spokesperson announced Monday afternoon that David Sassoli was being admitted to hospital “Due to serious complications due to dysfunction of the immune systems”Its official activities are cancelled.
He was a former victim of leukemia, and he had been admitted for pneumonia this fall. This had prevented him from being able to attend the European Parliament for several months.
David Sassoli, a former journalist and presenter of Italian television news before moving into politics, has been the head of the Strasbourg assembly’s legislative committee since 2019. This month, his term came to an end at the halfway point for the five-year legislature.
His succession election, which he has been asking for some time that he would represent himself in, is scheduled for January 18.
His Social Democrats (S&D), second political force within the European Parliament, had resigned in December to present a candidate. This paved the way for the election the EPP candidate (right), currently the first Vice-President, Maltese Roberta Metsola.
Roberto Cuillo, who was interviewed on Rai News 24, paid tribute. “An excellent, tenacious, and combative person”With a “Pay constant attention to the most vulnerable”. “He was a true democrat. He believed in the meeting of different cultures ”He said so.
Dario Franceschini, Italian Culture Minister (Democratic Party PD), quickly paid tribute via Twitter to him. “Ciao, David, friend for life”.
Many Internet users, including political figures from Italy, have shown support for David Sasoli in recent hours using the hashtag #ForzaDavid on social media.“Courage, David”), in unison with messages of support from officials of European institutions and MEPs.
Shortly after the announcement, MEPs expressed their emotions: “I am extremely sad. His work to modernize Parliament from top to bottom was visionary, and I hope we can complete the tasks he had undertaken ”The Danish MEP Karen Melchior (Renewal, liberals) proposed to reform the institution.