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21 Jan, 2020 13:55

Greek parties could name top judge 1st female president

Greek parties could name top judge 1st female president

A high court judge is set to become Greece’s first female president after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government’s nomination, AP reports. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, has served as president of the Council of State, a top administrative court, for the past 15 months.

Sakellaropoulou is set to receive “well beyond” the 200 votes needed for her election in a vote scheduled in the 300-seat Parliament on Wednesday, a government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, said.

Two center-left opposition parties have already backed Sakellaropoulou’s nomination, raising the total number of lawmakers from parties declaring support to 266.

Greece has a historically low level of women in senior positions in politics. In the current cabinet, all but one of the 18 senior positions are held by men. The president holds a largely ceremonial position.