Athens, 22 January 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Greek lawmakers on Wednesday elected Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou as the country’s first female president, with 261 votes in favour and 33 abstentions.
Sakellaropoulou, 63, is due to begin her five-year term on March 13, replacing the outgoing 69-year-old conservative Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Both Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ conservative New Democracy and the leading opposition party, the leftist Syriza, backed her.
“The word democracy is feminine [in Greek]. It is time to elect a woman to the country’s highest office,” Mitsotakis had said previously when nominating Sakellaropoulou.
Born in Thessaloniki, Sakellaropoulou served as a judge, most recently chairing the Greek Constitutional Court, also the first woman in that role.