Prokopis Pavlopoulos nominated as president of Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nominated conservative lawmaker and former interior minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on February 17 2015 to be the country’s president.

Pavlopoulos was interior minister from 2004 to 2009 for the conservative New Democracy government.

His appointment to the largely ceremonial role came as a surprise. The most widely expected candidate had been EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

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