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Greece elects its first President of the Republic

Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou will officially take office in March 2020 (photo: Hellenic Council of State).
Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou will officially take office in March 2020 (photo: Hellenic Council of State).
GREECE. The Greek Parliament elected Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou President of the Republic of Greece in the first round on Wednesday 22 January 2020. Currently President of the Hellenic Council of State (since 2018), the 64-year-old conservative will begin a five-year term, renewable once. At the end of her swearing in on 13 March 2020 before the Chamber of Deputies, she will officially succeed Prokópis Pavlópoulos. She will then become the first woman to hold this office since its creation in December 1974 after the rejection of the monarchy by the Parliament.

In Greece, the role of President of the Republic remains purely symbolic. None of his acts are valid, nor can they be executed, without being countersigned by the competent minister. He appoints the Prime Minister, designated by the party obtaining an absolute majority of seats or a relative majority, and the other members of the government. The President of the Republic may also dissolve Parliament, but only on two conditions: the resignation of two governments in succession and on the proposal of the government.

Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou is a graduate in constitutional law and environmental law from the Universities of Athens and Paris-Sorbonne II.

The new Greek President will be the eighth woman to head a republic of the European Union, together with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, Zuzana Caputova, President of Slovakia, Sophie Wilmès, Acting Prime Minister of Belgium, Sanna Marin, Head of Government of Finland, Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and of course Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. Outside the EU, Ana Brnabic, President of the Serbian Government.

Frédéric Dubessy

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020

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