President signs election decree, caretaker cabinet meets


A decree setting early elections in Greece for September 20 was signed Friday by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the state news agency ANA said.

The decree that dissolves parliament adds that the chamber will reconvene on October 1, the agency said.

A caretaker government led by top judge Vassiliki Thanou, the country’s first female prime minister, was sworn in at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Friday. The new cabinet met later at the House.

Speaking at the cabinet meeting, Thanou said the caretaker administration would work towards an “impeccable” election, adding that sensitive issues such as the ongoing refugee crisis were also on its interim agenda.

[AFP, Kathimerini]