Greek PM Samaras offers early general elections

In a televised address to the Greek people on December 21, prime minister Antonis Samaras revealed his proposal towards avoiding a snap election and reaching a compromise that would see a new Hellenic Republic president elected in parliament.

In a bid to persuade opposition MPs to back the government’s proposed presidential candidate, the premier urged lawmakers to vote in favor of Stavros Dimas “and then we can find the timetable for elections even by the end of 2015.”

Samaras said MPs must “listen to the voice of conscience, national interest and common sense”. He also attacked opposition party leaders Alexis Tsipras and Panos Kammenos. “This unfounded string of accusations about the bribing of deputies, which are always proven untrue, cannot continue,” Samaras said.

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