Greek parliament fails to elect President in first round

Greek presidential candidate Stavros Dimas lost the first round of a critical ballot in parliament. The government’s candidate got 160 votes – 40 short of an outright win. If former European commissioner Stavros Dimas is not elected after two more voting rounds over the next fortnight, there will be an early general election.

The result is a blow for the government as it hoped to have gathered at least 165 votes in the first of three votes in parliament which would have served as a good base for the two remaining rounds.

Only five independent MPs voted in favor of Dimas, adding to the 155 deputies the coalition government counts.

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(Photo: Hellenic Parliament/ Aliki Eleftheriou)