Greece Elected Country’s First Female President
Greece Elected Country’s First Female President Greece’s Parliament voted Wednesday to elect Ekaterini Sakelaropulu as president. Sakelaropulu became the country’s first female president.
Parliament Speaker Costas Tassulas said Sakelaropulu received 261 votes in the 294-seat parliament.
The 63-year-old Thessaloniki-born Sakelaropulu, who is sworn in on March 13th, is a judge specializing in environmental and constitutional law.
The five-year term of current President Prokopis Pavlopoulos also ends in March.
Prime Minister Kiriakos Micotakis, who nominated Sakelaropulu, said he was “a superior judge who will unite all the Greek people” for the new president.
Sakeropulu, who holds a master’s degree at the Sorbonne University in Paris, comes from a family of professional jurists. His father Nolaos Sakeropulu was a High Court Judge.
The new president was also Greece’s first female State Council President.
‘President who is not a party member’
Sakeropulu was appointed president of the Council at the suggestion of the Minister of Justice during the Syriza government in 2018.
Sakelaropulu, who had the support of the main opposition Syriza government and the socialist KINAL parties, received the highest support vote in the history of the Greek parliament.
Greek Prime Minister Micotakis said the election of Sakelaropulu, who is not a member of any party and holds the title of the country’s first female president, was a historic event.
According to a 2017 Eurobarometer survey, 63 percent of Greeks think gender equality is achieved in politics, 69 percent in business and 61 percent in leadership positions.
According to official figures, unemployment among women in Greece is higher than that of men.