Greek presidential vote goes to the wire; snap general election looms

The Greek parliament failed to elect a new president of the Republic on December 23 in a second round of voting where Stavros Dimas, the only candidate in the race, got 168, thirty-two short of the threshold for election.

The decisive third round of voting will take place on December 29 where 180 votes will be needed for the government’s candidate to be elected president. That means the coalition must persuade 12 MPs to vote for Dimas over the next five days.

If a president is not elected, a snap election will have to be held by early February, perhaps even sooner.

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(Photo of the Greek parliament, Athens: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)