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"Ladies and gentlemen, you have just given me one of the most wonderful surprises of my life. I must tell you that I am extremely moved. I am not going to make a speech, as I shall be doing that tomorrow. I would just like to say a few words to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the confidence you have just shown in me. This confidence is rather overwhelming, but I would like you to know that I shall do all that I can to prove worthy of it and also in order for us to work wonderfully together, as we have done until now. If you will allow me, I would like to say a few words in particular – I think my male colleagues may forgive me for this – to my fellow women MEPs, who have always given me wonderful support, as have others. I would like to say that this vote is also, to some extent, a vote for you because, for twenty years, since Simone Weil in 1979, no woman has been President of the European Parliament, and so this makes me very proud. (Loud applause) I would also like to dedicate this election to those colleagues who, until yesterday, were still our colleagues. I know that many of them are still here but there are many others who told us how much they would have liked to take part in this election, which has been a very happy one, and I would like to offer them all my thanks. And now, I would like to say to Mario Soares that we have competed against each other in a very democratic and good-natured way, and as for the election result – well, that"s life in politics – it certainly doesn"t diminish the enormous respect I have for him, which is shared by our whole Assembly. (Loud applause) I shall immediately grant Mario Soares" request to have the floor."@en1

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