The EU parliament has elected a Luxembourgish Social Democrat to succeed Eva Kaili, the vice-president of the parliament, who was sacked over corruption allegations. A majority of MEPs in Strasbourg today voted for Marc Angel as the new Vice-President of the European Parliament. The 59-year-old belongs to the same faction as Kaili before being expelled from the party family.
Angel was one of three candidates. France’s Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield ran for the Greens, and Italy’s Annalisa Tardino for the right-wing populist faction ID. In Kaili’s place, Angel will now be one of the 14 vice-presidents of parliament. He has been a deputy since 2019.
The European Parliament sacked Kaili with an overwhelming majority in December, shortly after corruption allegations against the 44-year-old and other suspects became known. The Greek politician and three other suspects are accused of money laundering and corruption. The state of the Gulf of Qatar and Morocco would have tried to influence the decisions of the European Parliament. Both countries reject this.