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Greece picks first female president Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou

Greece’s parliament on Wednesday elected the first female president in the country’s history. She is 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in her favour, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

“Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic,” Tassoulas announced.

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The new president, until now the head of Greece’s top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris’s Sorbonne university.

She was also the first woman to head the Council of State.

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Although the president is nominally the head of the Greek state and commander-in-chief, the post is largely ceremonial.

Greek presidents confirm governments and laws and technically have the power to declare war, but only in conjunction with the government.

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