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Greece appoints first female prime minister

Greece’s first female prime minister, a top judge, was sworn to head a caretaker government ahead of early elections next month in the bailout-dependent country, reports

Supreme Court head Vassiliki Thanou, 65, was appointed after radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned, seeking a stronger mandate to implement tough austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in return for a third bailout worth 86 billion euro ($97 billion).

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