Katerina Sakellaropoulos was sworn in today as president of the Hellenic Republic.
The moderate, progressive, rights-oriented jurist is the first woman to hold the country's highest office and was until her election in parliament serving as president (again the first woman) of the Council of State, the country's supreme administrative court.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is out to transform New Democracy from a center-right party with clear references to the traditional parliamentary Right, into a centrist, liberal political party. The idea is to turn ND into a party with loose ideological principles which will nevertheless be capable of securing majorities in Parliament by making the requisite adjustments.
Top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou was comfortably elected Greece's first female president on Wednesday, wining the support of 261 out of 294 MPs present in Parliament.
The 63-year-old president of the Council of State will replace incumbent Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term ends in mid-March.
Top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou became Greece's first woman president on Wednesday when lawmakers elected her head of state in a rare display of unity.
Sakellaropoulou, 63, has been president of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court. She will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term expires in March.
Seeking to rise above partisanship and reach the widest consensus possible regarding the government's pick for the country's new president, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis nominated Katerina Sakellaropoulou, a top judge, for the post, in a televised address on state-run broadcaster ERT on Wednesday evening.