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Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:53 - Updated Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:49

Euro MPs give Barroso new mandate

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Bruxellas - The powerful European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has won a second term of office after a majority of Euro MPs voted for him.

Mr Barroso, 53, was the only candidate in the European Parliament vote. A former Portuguese prime minister, he will serve a new five-year term.

In the secret ballot 382 MEPs voted for him, 219 against and 117 abstained.

The Commission president heads the EU's executive arm. Leaders of the 27 member states have already backed Mr Barroso.

He faced some opposition from Socialists and others on the left in the 736-seat parliament. A total of 718 MEPs took part in Wednesday's vote.

The Commission drafts EU laws, which then go to the parliament and member states' governments for approval. The parliament is the only directly elected EU institution.