Vassiliki Thanou, Greece’s top supreme court judge, was sworn in Thursday as a caretaker head of the government, becoming the country’s first female prime minister. Yesterday, the country’s far-left leader also formally gave up a bid to form a coalition government, thereby allowing the President to finally set a date for early elections, after a week of political wrangling. Greece’s prime minister on Wednesday raised the political stakes forward of subsequent month’s early nationwide election, saying he won’t enter a coalition with the primary center-right and centrist opposition events even when he wants their backing to control. She will hold the position until a new government emerges from the vote expected on September 20.
The elections were triggered by outgoing premier Alexis Tsipras’s resignation after he faced rebellion from his own Syriza party over the handling of the Greek financial crisis and the global bailout plan.
… The 65-year-old judge was sworn in on 28 August, and the cabinet will be appointed on Friday afternoon. The mandate was given Friday to the main opposition party, New Democracy.