EU parliament elects anti-abortion Maltese MEP as president

Roberta Metsola is first woman to lead assembly in 20 years

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
Tue 18 Jan 2022

A conservative Maltese lawyer who opposes abortion has been elected president of the European parliament, the first woman in 20 years to lead the assembly.

Roberta Metsola, who is celebrating her 43rd birthday on Tuesday, is the youngest-ever president of the European parliament, winning a comfortable majority to serve a two-and-a-half-year term.