Rome bids farewell to EU parliament president Sassoli

Hundreds of Romans waited for hours in front of the entrance to the Campidoglio to pay their respects and to remember not only his political commitment to Europe but also his human qualities.

The 65-year-old Italian socialist and former journalist died on Tuesday (January 11) in a cancer clinic in the north-eastern town of Aviano where he was admitted last month.

Sassoli had been president of the 705-seat parliament since July 2019 and his term in the predominantly ceremonial role had been due to end this month.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi described Sassoli as "a symbol of balance, humanity, and generosity".

His funeral will be held on Friday (January 14) at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and of the Martyrs.

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