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PACE to elect a new President at the opening of its winter session

The Assembly is due to elect a new President on the first day of its winter plenary session, Monday 27 January. Two candidatures have been received: Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) and Robert Walter (United Kingdom, NI).

In order to be elected, a candidate must obtain a minimum of 159 votes – an absolute majority of the Assembly’s 317 Representatives – in the first or second round of voting. If this is not achieved, there is a third round and the candidate with the greatest number of votes is declared elected. The result should be announced between 1pm and 3.30pm.

The new President will serve for a one-year term, renewable once.