Greece will choose a woman for the first time as President of the Republic: Ekaterini Sakelaropulu, currently head of the Supreme Administrative Court, the country's prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced in a televised message.
"The time has come for that our country chooses a woman as president of the Republic", Mitsotakis said, to add: the election of a Supreme Court judge" demonstrates our respect for Justice. "
Sakelaropulu, born in 1956, has a long career as a judge in the Supreme Administrative Court and, in October 2018, she became the first woman to preside over it, appointed by the previous Government of the leftist Alexis Tsipras.
With this nod to Tsipras, Mitsotakis tries to get the election of the new president of the country with the widest possible majority in Parliament, of 300 seats, despite the fact that, with the absolute majority that it has, its designation is guaranteed success.
It is the first time that a party in the Government does not propose the re-election of an outgoing president who comes from their own ranks, which, according to analysts, is due to bad relations between Mitsotakis and the current president, Prokópis Pavlopulos.
When in 2015 Syriza proposed Pavlopulos, former minister in the conservative governments, as President of the Republic, Mitsotakis was the only deputy of New Democracy who did not vote in favor.
The Parlament must meet in special plenary session one month before the expiration of the mandate of the outgoing president, in this case on February 13, to elect his successor by nominal vote.
If no candidate obtains a majority of two thirds of the deputies (200), the vote is repeated five days later.
In the event that Parliament fails to elect president on the second ballot, it will meet again in five days and will be the candidate with a majority of three fifths appointed to office (180 supports).
In the unlikely event that the third vote is also unsuccessful, it is repeated for the fourth time after five days and, in this case, an absolute majority is required for the president's election (151 votes).
If none of the candidates get this support, Parliament meets again and the candidate with the highest number of votes is elected.