July 2, 2019 / 9:08 AM / 3 months ago

Italy PM Conte says he would prefer a woman as head of EU executive

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday he would prefer a woman as president of the next European Commission, as EU leaders meet for a third consecutive day to end a stalemate over the appointment of top figures in the bloc.

“I would be very glad to have a woman as president of the commission,” Conte told reporters at the summit in Brussels.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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