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Sassoli’s coffin to lie in state at Rome City Hall ahead of funeral


David Sassoli’s coffin will lie in state on the City Hall’s Capitol Hill in Rome forward of his state funeral on Friday.

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi and President Sergio Mattarella attended the ceremony for the late President of the European Parliament, together with Sassoli’s spouse and kids.

Sassoli shall be buried at Rome’s Santa Maria degli Angeli, the church the place state funerals are held.

The former Italian journalist who labored to defend the oppressed died on Tuesday aged 65. He had been hospitalised since December 26, his spokesman stated.

He was remembered by officers as a honest and passionate European.

“David Sassoli was a man of deep faith and strong convictions. Everyone loved his smile and his kindness, yet he knew how to fight for what he believed in,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated after his loss of life.

Sassoli had been struggling for months with poor well being after he suffered pneumonia attributable to the legionella micro organism in September.

His well being steadily declined and he was compelled to overlook a number of vital legislative conferences. Yet, as a lot as attainable, he stayed on the job, the place his vigour and simple smile had at all times been a trademark.

He was at his strongest when he took up the reason for migrants who died crossing the Mediterranean or dissidents corresponding to Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who’s taking up the Kremlin from a jail cell.


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