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Greece has the first female president

Ms. Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou became the first female President of Greece. Photo:

Specifically, Ms. Sakellaropoulou has received the support of 261 congressmen, exceeding the necessary minimum of 200 parliamentarians in order to become President of Greece.

Ms. Sakellaropoulou, 63, is an experienced judicial official for the past 4 decades. Since 2018, she has led the Supreme Court of Greece, also known as the State Council.

The daughter of a Greek Supreme Court judge, Ms. Sakellaropoulou graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris (France) and an expert in environmental law and the constitution.

She will succeed President Prokopis Pavlopoulos after his term ends in March.

Earlier, on January 15, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the nomination of Ms. Sakellaropoulou as the country’s new president. Accepting this nomination, Ms. Sakellaropoulou said it was an “honor for the Constitution and modern Greek women”.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis, who took office in July 2019, has been criticized for choosing too few women in the cabinet.

According to a Eurobarometer poll published in 2017, 63% of Greeks said that the country has achieved gender equality in politics, while 69% said that there was gender equality in work and 61% said that there was gender equality in leadership positions.

Before that, Greece had its first female member of parliament in 1953, the first female minister in 1956, and the first female president of parliament in 2004.

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