Dutch MEP Esther de Lange has formally announced her candidacy for the presidency of the European parliament.
De Lange, 46, has been a member of the European parliament on behalf of the CDA since 2007 and is currently deputy chairwoman of the European Christian Democratic grouping, the EPP.
‘Europe is at a crossroads. A strong Parliament can play a key role in deciding where we will go. That is why I have officially submitted my candidature to be the EPP group’s nominee for President of the European Parliament,’ she said on Twitter.
Insiders suggest she is in with a good chance, broadcaster NOS reported. De Lange already occupies a strong position with the EPP and many MEPs are known to want to see a women in the job.
On Wednesday, the EPP will announce who it is nominating for the role and the parliament will vote in January. Current chairman, Italian David Sassoli, has said he wants to stay on as president.
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