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News from Greece: election of the President of the Republic Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Grammar, News, Vocabulary

Today is an important day for Greece because it is the first time that a woman is elected as President of the Republic (Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας).The new President is Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου (Ekaterini Sakelaropoulou), former president of the Council of State (Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας).

Φωτογραφία από sman_5 από το Pixabay

If you read newspapers in Greek, you are likely to find vocabulary related to politics. In this post there are words that appeared today on newspaper articles.

εξελέγη: from verb εκλέγομαι which means to be elected. In Greece, the President of the Republic is elected by the deputies (βουλευτές). The new President got 261 votes out of 300.

ψηφοφορία (η): voting

πλειοψηφία (η): majority

θεσμικός-ή-ό: institutional

κύρος (το): qualifications and reputation

αρμοδιότητα (η): domain

ρυθμιστικός-η-ο: regulatory

πολίτευμα (το): regime

συναίνεση (η): consent

αξιωματική αντιπολίτευση (η): loyal opposition

καταδεικνύω: to prove, to establish

παρέστησαν (from παρίσταμαι): were present

παρών-ούσα-όν: present

καθήκον (το): duty

σύνταγμα (το): constitution

Χάρτης Θεμελιωδών Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου (ο): Charter of the Fundamental Rights

Ευρωπαϊκή Σύμβαση Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου (η): European Convention on Human Rights

μείζον ζήτημα (το): major issue

παράγοντας (ο): factor

προϋπόθεση (η): condition

ακεραιότητα (η): integrity

παραγνωρίζω: underestimate

ανισότητα (η): inequality

αποκλεισμός (ο): exclusion

εμπέδωση (η): consolidation


And some grammar:

Remember the declension of the feminine nouns ending in -ος

Ενικός αριθμός (singular)

ονομαστική: η πρόεδρος

γενική: της προέδρου

αιτιατική: την πρόεδρο

κλητικη: πρόεδρε

Πληθυντικός αριθμός (plural)

ονομαστική: οι πρόεδροι

γενική: των προέδρων

αιτιατική: τις προέδρους

κλητική: πρόεδροι

The duties of the President of the Republic are  symbolic, regulatory, legislative, administrative and judicial and are listed in the Constitution. Τhe president has the right to be re-elected only once. After the restoration of democracy in 1974, there are nine Presidents elected.


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Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.