Borrell elected EU parliament president

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20 July 2004, STRASBOURG - Spain's Josep Borrell was elected Tuesday as the new president of the European Parliament.

20 July 2004

STRASBOURG - Spain's Josep Borrell was elected Tuesday as the new president of the European Parliament.

Borrell will serve as president of the legislative body until January 2007.

The 57-year-old Socialist won 388 votes in the first round of voting, well above the 324 needed to win.

Poland's Bronislaw Geremek received 208 votes on the first ballot, while France's Francis Wurtz got 51.

Votes were cast by 700 of the 732 members of the European Parliament, with 647 ballots considered valid.

Borrell, a native of Spain's north-eastern region of Catalonia, is the third Spaniard to hold the largely ceremonial post.

Spain's Enrique Baron served as European Parliament president from 1989 to 1992 and Jose Maria Gil-Robles held the post from 1997 to 1999.

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Subject: Spanish news

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