The German MEP Hans-Gert Pöttering has been elected President of the European Parliament, to serve until the European elections in June 2009. He takes over from socialist Josep Borrell Fontelles, who will continue to serve as an MEP.
Pöttering, who has been an MEP since 1979, the year of the first direct elections to the European Parliament, is a member of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), and was previously head of the largest group in the parliament, the European People's Party and European Democrats (EPP/ED).
He won a total of 450 votes of 689 valid votes cast, a resounding victory ahead of Italian Monica Frassoni (Greens/EFA) with 145 votes, Frenchman Francis Wurtz (EUL/NGL) with 48 votes and Dane Jens-Peter Bonde (ID) who polled 46 votes.
Elections for the 14 Vice-Presidents of Parliament and six Quaestors also took place: Adam Jerzy Bielan (UEN), Luigi Cocilovo (ALDE), Manuel Antonio dos Santos (PES), Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (EPP-ED), Edward McMillan-Scott (EPP-ED), Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez (PES), Mario Mauro (EPP-ED), Luisa Morgantini (EUL-NGL), Pierre Moscovici (PES), Gérard Onesta (Green-EFA), Mechtild Rothe (PES), Marek Siwiec (PES), Alejo Vidal-Quadras (EPP-ED) and Diana Wallis (ALDE) were elected as Vice-Presidents; Mia De Vits (PES), Szabolcs Fazakas (PES), Ingo Friedrich (EPP-ED), Astrid Lulling (EPP-ED), Jan Mulder (ALDE) and Jim Nicholson (EPP-ED) were elected Quaestors. All will serve until the next European elections in June 2009.
16 January 2007