Parliament to elects the first female president of Greece 1

Parliament to elects the first female president of Greece


ATHENS (AFP) – A trailblazing judge with particular expertise in environmental law and the constitution will become Greece’s first female president on Wednesday.

The candidacy of Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has received support from various parties and was welcomed by some critics as a consensus candidate in difficult times in Greek foreign policy.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said earlier this month that it was time for Greece to open up to the future, and he presented the name Sacrapololo in parliamentary vote on Wednesday.

Sakellaropoulou, 63, a veteran with ten years of judicial experience since 2018, has led the State Council of the Greek Supreme Administrative Court since 2018, where she is once again the first woman to hold the position.

Sakellaropoulou is the daughter of a Supreme Court judge, has completed postgraduate training at Sorbonne University in Paris and is an expert on state and environmental law.

She takes over from Prokopis Pavlopoulos for a five-year period ending in March of that year.

The Greek president is elected exclusively by parliament. With support from the main opposition party, Sakellaropoulou is expected to get 260 votes on Wednesday, sufficient to meet the minimum of 200 votes.

The main left-wing leader of the opposition, Alexis Tsipras, said that Sakellaropoulou was a “special judge” and a human rights defender. The Socialist Party of Kinar also supported its nomination.

Mitsotakis emphasized that this choice was not in accordance with tradition, not only because Sakellaropoulou was a woman, but also because she was not a party member.

Former presidents are often senior figures, such as former ministers.

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