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Italy's Tajani elected EU parliament head

The European Parliament's new President Antonio Tajani reacts following his election in Strasbourg, eastern France, on January 17, 2017Italy’s Antonio Tajani, an ally of scandal-hit former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was elected as the new European Parliament president Tuesday after a bitterly fought vote. The centre-right politician will play a key role at a time of crisis for the European Union, with the assembly having the final say on any deal for Britain’s exit from the bloc. After the maximum four rounds of voting that lasted all day, Tajani of the European People’s Party got 351 votes while his socialist rival Gianni Pittella got 282.

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