Top judge elected as Greece's first female president

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 - 11:17 GMT

FILE PHOTO: President of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, Katerina Sakellaropoulou speaks during an event in Athens, Greece, October 18, 2018. Vassilis Rebapis/Eurokinissi via REUTERS

FILE PHOTO: President of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court, Katerina Sakellaropoulou speaks during an event in Athens, Greece, October 18, 2018. Vassilis Rebapis/Eurokinissi via REUTERS

ATHENS, Jan 22 (MENA) - High court judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou has been elected as Greece's first female president with an overwhelming majority in a parliamentary vote.

Lawmakers on Wednesday voted 261-33 to give the 63-year-old Sakellaropoulou a five-year term in the largely ceremonial post.

Greece has a historically low level of women in senior positions in politics. In the current Greek cabinet, all but one of the 18 senior positions are held by men.

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