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Greek Government Appoints New Heads of Supreme Court

The Greek Supreme Court. File photo

As the result of a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Iosif Tsalaganidis, currently the Supreme Court’s Vice-President, was appointed to the position of Supreme Court president on Wednesday.

The cabinet also named the new chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court, promoting the Supreme Court’s current deputy prosecutor, Vasilios Pliotas, to the position.

The appointments were approved in a unanimous decision by the cabinet, following a proposal by Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras.

The two officials had gathered the most votes in a ballot held last week by the Conference of Presidents – a committee made up of the Parliament President and the heads of the parties’ parliamentary groups.

The senior posts at Greece’s top court had been vacant since June 30, when President Prokopis Pavlopoulos refused to sign a presidential decree for the appointment of Irini Kalou and Dimitra Kokotini for president and prosecutor, respectively.

Both judicial officials had been selected by Greece’s previous SYRIZA administration.

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