The result was as expected
, but it was not the walkover that many (myself included) had expected. German MEP Martin Schulz (S&D) was indeed elected by the members of the European Parliament today in Strasbourg to serve as its new president with 387 votes in favour out of 670 cast (58%). Replacing Polish Jerzy Buzek (EPP), he will hold the post for two and half years until the beginning of the next legislature in July 2014.
The two other candidates - both British - did remarkably well with Nirj Deva (ECR) recording 142 votes and Diana Wallis (ALDE) 141.
Here are some reactions to the result posted by our MEPs:
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