Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's current defence minister, has won the backing of enough Members of the European Parliament to be named the president-elect of the European Commission.

The 60-year old, Brussels-born German, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, received 383 of a possible 733 votes to secure an absolute majority for her candidacy and will now succeed current President Jean-Claude Juncker once his mandate comes to an end on 31 October.

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