The European Parliament elected, by 383 votes in favour to 327 votes against, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission for the next five years, during plenary session held in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

The politician will be the first woman to get this top job. During a short speech after the election results were announced, Von der Leyen said she felt "honoured and overwhelmed."

"I thank you for the trust you placed in me. The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and strong Europe, from East to West, from South to North," she completed.

Von der Leyen, who was nominated earlier this month by EU leaders, needed 374 votes to get the

post. The new president is scheduled to take office from the end of October.

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