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Greece’s first female President, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, sworn in

Greece’s first female President, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was sworn in at the Greek Palriament on Friday morning. The ceremony protocol was followed by the book, however, without handshaking and a much limited number of audience due to coronavirus.

In the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and political leaders, Sakellaropoulou took a religious oath.

Putting her hand on the Holy Bible, she was sworn in by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens.

“In the name of the Holy and Consubstantial and Indivisible Trinity” she promised to guard the Constitution and the laws, to ensure that they are respected, to defend Greece’s national independence and integrity, protect the rights and freedoms of the Greeks, and to serve the general interests and progress of the Greek people.

Sakellaropoulou, a former chief justice, is the first woman to hold the office of president of Greece, the eighth Greek president since democracy was restored in 1974 and the 13th president in the history of the Hellenic Republic.

She was elected by the Greek parliament in January, in a rare display of consent among the country’s political parties.

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