The European Parliament started the procedure for the election of a new Chairman

At the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, January 17, began the procedure for the election of a new Chairman, writes Interfax-Ukraine.

«Today would have absolutely no debate, the mole those that relate to the upcoming elections», — said the acting Chairman , Martin Schulz, opening the meeting devoted to elections.

The European Parliament failed on the first attempt to elect a new President

On the eve of the European Parliament was announced 7 candidates: Italian Eleonora Forenza from the European United left — Left-green North Briton Jean Lambert from the Green — European Free Alliance, the Italian Gianni Pitella of the Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats, Romania Laurentiu of Rebega from European Nations and freedoms, Belgian Helga Stevens, from the European conservatives and reformists, the Italian Antonio Tajani of the European people’s party (Christian Democrats), the Belgian guy Verhofstadt from the Alliance of liberals and Democrats for Europe.

However, Verhofstadt withdrew his candidacy before the vote. About Schultz announced before the presentation of candidates.

«Mr Verhofstadt has just informed me that he withdrew his candidacy,» said Schultz, writes UKRINFORM.

This decision provoked a strong reaction among the deputies, who were divided, expressing support and outrage of the actions of the liberal leader.

Campaign strategy Verhofstadt, the Belgian policy was the fact that he could become a compromise figure on a post of the President of the EP between the largest faction of the European people’s party and Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats.

New candidates can nominate before each round of voting until the third round. Applicants can also withdraw their candidacy in this process. If none of the candidates receives an absolute majority of votes in three rounds, then President of the European Parliament will be elected by a simple majority in the fourth and last round of the two candidates who received the highest number of votes in the third round.

Before the first round vote was held a short presentation performance of the six candidates for the post of President of the European Parliament.

Earlier, Martin Schulz, said that he would not go for another term mandate as President of the European Parliament and intends to run for the German Bundestag, his party, the SPD.

«I made a decision. I will not be a candidate for a third mandate as President of the European Parliament,» said Schulz.

We will remind, from 22 to 25 may 2014, 400 million voters from 28 countries of the European Union chose a European Parliament of 751 deputies at 5 years.

The European Parliament failed on the first attempt to elect a new President

In the European Parliament, the first vote did not produce a new President is elected. This was on the results of the secret ballot in Strasbourg declared the current President of the EP Martin Schulz.

«None of the candidates received an absolute majority (50% plus one vote — ed). Therefore, according to the procedure, I declare the second ballot,» said Schultz.

It will be held today at 13 o’clock on the Kiev time.

In the first round, the most votes, as expected, gained the representative of the European people’s party Antonio Tajani — 274.

Second place went to the leader of the Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats Gianni Pittella — 183.

The candidate of the European conservatives and reformists Helga Stevens scored 77 votes.

The European green MP Jean Lambert — 56.

The representative of the European United left Eleanor the Florenza has 50 votes.

The candidate of the Europe of Nations and freedom of Rebeka Lawrence scored 43 votes.

The procedure, a secret ballot can take place in four rounds. If in the first three, none of the candidates receive the absolute majority (50% plus one vote), then in the fourth there are two that receive the most votes compared to the others. Then the winner is the candidate who received the majority of the ordinary in front of his opponent.

If both candidates scored in the fourth round of the same number of votes, the President of the European Parliament is elected by the eldest.




The European Parliament started the procedure for the election of a new Chairman 17.01.2017

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