(220111) -- BRUSSELS, Jan. 11, 2022 (Xinhua) -- The EU flags fly at half-mast as a tribute to European Parliament President David Sassoli, outside the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 11, 2022. European Parliament President David Sassoli died at age 65 at a hospital in Italy early Tuesday, his spokesperson has said.
Sassoli, born on May 30, 1956, in Florence, Italy, had been hospitalized for more than two weeks due to a serious complication relating to immune system dysfunction.
Sassoli was elected to the European Parliament in 2009. He became president of the European Parliament in 2019 and his term of office would have expired in days. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong) - Zheng Huansong -//CHINENOUVELLE_XxjpbeE007202_20220111_PEPFN0A001/2201111451/Credit:CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/2201111500