Tusk wins second EU term

Indo Asian News Service

Brussels, March 10 (IANS) Donald Tusk on Thursday won another term as president of the European Council at a summit here despite opposition from his home country Poland.

"Grateful for trust and positive assessment #EUCO (European Council). I will do my best to make the EU better," Tusk tweeted.

"The European Council today (on Thursday) re-elected Donald Tusk as its president for a second term of two-and-a-half years, from June 1, 2017 to November 30, 2019," the Council later confirmed in a statement, adding that Tusk was also reappointed as president of the Euro Summit for the same period.

The Polish national, whose 30-month mandate is due to end on May 31, was re-elected by heads of EU member state who gathered here for a two-day summit.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, representing the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, chaired the election process.

Poland had earlier proposed Polish member of European Parliament (MEP) Jacek Saryusz-Wolski for the position instead.