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Sakellaropoulou elected Greece’s first female president

Greek lawmakers on Wednesday elected Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou as the country's first female president, with 261 votes in favour and 33 abstentions.

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.

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