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EU parliament demands leaders name lawmaker to run executive

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EU parliament demands leaders name lawmaker to run executive
FILE PHOTO: Exit poll results are displayed on a screen at the Plenary Hall during the election night for European elections at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   -   Copyright  FRANCOIS LENOIR(Reuters)
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of a majority of parties in the newly elected European Parliament called on EU national leaders meeting later on Tuesday to nominate a winning lawmaker to be the next head of the executive European Commission.

In a statement agreed at the first meeting of party leaders in the new legislature, the Parliament’s conference of presidents said it wanted the Council of national governments to respect the so-called “Spitzenkandidat” process by which a lead candidate from a parliamentary party should run the Commission.

The statement said it was “reconfirming our resolve for the lead candidate process so that the next Commission president has made her/his programme and personality known prior to the elections, and engaged in a European-wide campaign.”

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

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