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Greece appoints prime minister to lead caretaker government ahead of election

Published 27/08/2015

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has appointed the country's new prime minister. (AP)
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has appointed the country's new prime minister. (AP)

Greece's president has appointed the head of the country's Supreme Court as prime minister to lead a caretaker government as the country heads to early elections next month.

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos named Vassiliki Thanou as Greece's new prime minister, making her the country's first woman to hold the position.

Ms Thanou, 65, will appoint a cabinet that will be sworn in on Friday. Elections are expected for September 20.

Outgoing prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned last week just seven months after his election. His coalition government suffered a rebellion from within his left-wing Syriza party over his acceptance of the austerity terms tied to the country's new international bailout.

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