Greek Parliament fails to elect new President of the Republic in second round of voting

vouli2The Greek Parliament on Tuesday failed to elect Stavros Dimas as president of the Hellenic Republic in the second of three rounds of voting for the presidential election.

Dimas did not gain the support of 200 MPs needed to be elected in the second round, as 168 deputies voted in favour of his candidacy and 131 MPs did not support him and voted ‘Present’. Deputy Maria Kollia-Tsarouha was absent.

Parliament President Evangelos Meimarakis announced that the third round of voting will be held next Monday, December 29 at 12.00.

In the third round, 180 votes are required for the election of the President. Following failure in the third voting to elect a president, the country goes to national elections.

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