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Tajani leads in EP president race

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By Euronews
Tajani leads in EP president race

<p>Italian <span class="caps">MEP</span> Antonio Tajani currently leads in the race to become head of the European Parliament.</p> <p>The centre-right political beat his centre-left Gianni Pittella by 274 votes to 183 in the first round.</p> <p>Tajani earlier struck a deal with Liberal candidate Guy Verhofstadt, who pulled out at the last minute.</p> <p>It means Liberals <span class="caps">MEP</span>s will back the former EU commissioner for the job.</p> <p>The head of the European Parliament actually has little in the way of real power – it is a largely ceremonial post.</p> <p>But the holder represents <span class="caps">MEP</span>s on the international stage by appearing at EU summits or other major events.</p> <p>Martin Schulz, the current parliament speaker, is quitting after five years in the job.</p> <p>He plans to return to Germany where he will re-enter domestic politics.</p>