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7/16/2019, 7:33 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EP approves Von der Leyen as new European Commission chief

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday narrowly in favor of Germany's outgoing defense minister Ursula von der Leyen becoming the new president of the European Commission. She will resign from her post in the German government tomorrow and assume her new EU role on November 1.

A majority of 383 MEPs, only nine more than needed, voted in favor of the European Council's nominee, while 327 voted against. There were also 22 abstentions and one blank vote.

"I feel so honored and overwhelmed," Von der Leyen said in the parliament in Strasbourg after the results were announced. "The endeavor is a united and strong Europe," said the first woman to elected for the top EU job. In her speech earlier in the day, Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of tackling climate change and "rules-based" international trade. She also suggested that the United Kingdom should be given more time for the withdrawal if necessary.

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