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Greece Appoints First Female Prime Minister

Greece Appoints First Female Prime Minister

Greece appointed its first female prime minister: Supreme Court head Vassiliki Thanou.

The 65 year old was sworn in on Thursday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned, seeking a stronger mandate to implement tough austerity measure demanded by Greece's creditors in return for a third bailout worth $97 billion, TIME reports.

TIME reports that her main task will be to hold the reins until a new government emerges from the vote expected on Sept. 20.

"But given the circumstances… I believe that this government will also have to handle crucial matters," Thanou said, speaking to Greece's immigration crisis.

Greece has long been struggling financially, and according to TIME, they have received more than 160,000 mostly Syrian refugees and economic migrants.

The official election date for Greece's new government will be announced on Friday.

Thanou will also appoint a Cabinet that will be sworn in the same day.

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