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Von der Leyen elected EU Commission head after MEP vote Updated: 2019-07-17 16:30:37 KST

Germany's outgoing defense minister Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the EU Commission by the European Parliament on Tuesday evening, but it was a very tight vote.
Out of the 374 votes she needed from a total of 751 parliament members, 383 votes were cast in her favor, 327 against, with 22 abstaining.
In her new role, she's expected to provide political guidance when drafting EU laws, managing the EU's budget and enforcing EU rules.

"The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and a strong Europe, from East to West, from South to North. Your confidence in a Europe that is ready to fight for the future, rather than fighting against each other. Your confidence in a Europe that will take the big challenges of our time together."

Beginning her five-year term in November, when she takes over from Jean-Claude Junker, she will have many challenges on her plate such as climate change, migration, and internal division.
But Von der Leyen's narrow margin of victory, could be foreshadowing hurdles ahead in passing legislation through the European Parliament.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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