Martin Schulz remains head of EP

Martin SchulzEuropean Parliament

Martin Schulz was re-elected president of the European Parliament by MEPs on Tuesday. He will serve another two-and-a-half year term, a press release from the EP said. He won by 409 votes out of 612.

The 58-year-old German politician is president of the assembly since January 2012. He is the first person to have been re-elected for a second term in this position.

The election of Schulz comes as the result of an agreement between two major EP fractions. While Schulz, a representative of the Socialists and Democrats, takes office now, he will be followed in the second part of the EP’s term by an MEP from the European People’s Party.

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