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Sakellaropoulou: "I look forward to a society that respects the rights described in the Constitution"
23 01 2020The parliament presidency visited Council of State President Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou at her office in the CoS at noon on Wednesday to officially announce that parliament has elected her as the next president of the Hellenic Republic, with 261 votes.
Parliament President Kostas Tasoulas presented Sakellaropoulou with the result of the parliament's vote, noting that her nomination was approved with a very large majority that greatly exceeded the two thirds minimum required by the Constitution, indicating that the duties of her high office are starting with the best prospects.
On her part, Sakellaropoulou thanked parliament for electing her and underlined that she is fully aware of the weighty responsibility she is undertaking.
"Our country is a modern state governed by the rule of law and a factor of stability, growth and culture. An essential prerequisite for it to continue to be such is to ensure its territorial integrity and its sovereign rights," she said.
"I look forward to a society that respects the rights described in the Constitution, the UN Charter of Fundamental Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights," she said, while also referring to major problems that need to be addressed on a global scale, such as the economic crisis, the climate crisis, the displacement of populations, inequality and the protection of the weak and a general decline in the rule of law.
Sakellaropoulou called for a society that, supported by its long democratic tradition, will heal the hurts of the past and look to the future with optimism. "For this future, I can assure you that I will give all my strength to fulfill my constitutional role," she said.
Elected by parliament on Wednesday, Sakellaropoulou is to assume office on March 13, becoming the first woman to hold the office of president of Greece, the eighth Greek president since democracy was restored and the 13th president in the history of the Hellenic Republic.