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Greek MPs fail to elect president in first round

  • Greece’s MPs have failed to choose a president after the first round of voting, giving rise to the possibility of early polls and fueling further economic uncertainty.

    In the vote, 160 of the total 300 MPs backed ex-European commissioner Stavros Dimas, who is the candidate of the conservative-led coalition.

    Prime minister Antonis Samaras said he was hopeful that a president would be elected in the remaining two rounds. He said deputies were aware that "the country must not enter troubled times”.

     

     

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