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First woman elected to lead European Commission

17 July 2019 09:16

BRUSSELS. KAZINFORM - MEPs narrowly backed Ursula von der Leyen as the next President of the European Commission on Tuesday, making her the first woman to hold Europe’s top job, Euronews reports.

Out of the 733 available votes, she needed 374 to win Tuesday's confirmation, and in the end won 383 against 327 with 22 abstentions — well short of the 420 achieved by her predecessor.

«The confidence you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe,» she said after the result was announced.

«The task ahead humbles me,» she said. «My work starts now. Let us work together constructively.»

Earlier, in a bid to win MEPs' support, she set out her priorities for the next five years, should she be confirmed in the job.

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