Top judge appointments null, void

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has refused to sign two presidential decrees for the appointment of a new prosecutor and president of the Supreme Court that had been selected by the previous SYRIZA administration.
The decrees, which were returned to the newly elected New Democracy government unsigned, are considered null and void, and not binding, as a result.
Kathimerini understands that a new process will soon be set in motion with a fresh list of candidates.
The Justice Ministry in May launched proceedings to replace the court's president, Vassilios Peppas, and prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou, who stepped down on June 30, having reached the obligatory retirement age.
The then Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou had recommended Dimitra Kokotini as the court's top prosecutor and Irini Kalou as its president. Both are currently vice-presidents of the court.

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