The stage is set for the upcoming presidential elections in Italy on 24 January 2022. The Italian parliament together with the regional representatives will cast their votes through a secret ballot to elect the country’s next president. The choice is crucial as it will have far-reaching effects not just for Italy but also for the European Union.
Roberta Metsola from the conservative EPP group is the new President of the European Parliament. The Maltese MEP won the race on Tuesday, 18 January, in the first round of voting, reaching an absolute majority of 458 out of 690 votes cast. She succeeded against two other candidates, Alice Bah Kuhnke from the Greens/EFA and Sira Rego running for the Left.
The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament have nominated Alica Bah Kuhnke to run for the position of President of the European Parliament in next week’s vote.
The European Peoples Party (EPP) has elected Roberta Metsola from Malta to be their candidate to become the president of the European Parliament. Metsola was up against the Austrian Othmar Karas and Dutch Esther de Lange.