Greece: Sakellaropoulou sworn in as first woman president

Streamlined ceremony in Parliament due to coronavirus

13 March, 13:01

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 13 - Ekaterini Sakellaropulou on Friday was sworn in as the first woman president of Greece. The ceremony in Parliament in Athens - during which the 63-year-old magistrate was sworn in by the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos - was shortened and the number of attendees reduced to just over 150 due to the coronavirus emergency.

    Her first act as president was to lay flowers on the monument of the unknown soldier in front of Parliament, In Syntagma Square, which was followed by the formal exchange with her predecessor, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, at Maximos presidential palace.

    Sakellaropoulou, who prefers to be called Katerina instead of the more formal Ekaterini, was elected in January by Parliament with 261 votes out of 300, a massive bipartisan majority, after being named by Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A former president of the Greek Council of State, the country's top administrative court, Sakellaropoulou studied in Greece and at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

    Among her declared priorities, she spoke about the economic crisis, migration and protecting the environment. However, she is taking office in the midst of the coronavirus emergency. The government has closed schools, tribunals, cinemas and theaters in an attempt to stop the spread of the epidemic. (ANSAmed)
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