Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greece’s first female President

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Greece a country in  southeastern Europe has elected its first female President Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou.

Sakellaropoulou is one of greece’s top judges, she was nominated by the ruling conservative New Democracy party, but also secured the backing of the main opposition party Syriza and the center-left Movement for Change.

The 63 year-old  expert in environmental and constitutional law will take her oath of office on March 13, a divorcee Ms Sakellaropoulou is known to be very active on social media and has  written numerous papers on environmental protection and chairs a society on environmental law.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou was also the first woman to head the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, taking on that role in 2018 with the support at the time of the government led by the left-wing Syriza party, which lost power to New Democracy in an election in July last year.

She completed her  postgraduate studies at Paris’s Sorbonne university, and will  succeed incumbent Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term expires in March.

She lives in central  Athens.