EU leaders at the last farewell to Sassoli

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The funeral passed off in the Roman Basilica of Our Lady, Angels and Martyrs (Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri).

Among these current had been Italian President Sergio Matarella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel. The French Prime Minister Jean Castex and the head of the Spanish authorities Pedro Sánchez additionally arrived. The Slovak Republic was represented at the last farewell by the President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Boris Kollár.

Sassoli has labored as a journalist in the previous and has been a Member of the European Parliament for a few years, AFP recollects. The coffin, together with his physique lined with the EU flag, was introduced to the basilica, accompanied by an honor guard.

Due to pandemic measures, solely about 300 individuals attended the service. The stay broadcast was broadcast on public tv RAI.

Sassoli’s physique was exhibited with state honors in the Roman City Council constructing at the Capitol on Thursday, AFP writes. Thousands of individuals got here to say goodbye to the deceased politician.

Sassoli died on Tuesday at 1.15 am at the age of 65 at an oncology clinic in the Italian metropolis of Aviano, the place he was hospitalized. Years in the past, Sassolimus was identified with a most cancers generally known as a number of myeloma. The politician contracted pneumonia in September and ended up in a hospital in Strasbourg. He was hospitalized once more in December due to critical well being issues attributable to a failure of his immune system.

The European Parliament is electing a brand new President subsequent week. However, Sassoli didn’t plan to run for re-election.

Authors: TASR, mar

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