Presidential election goes to second round
As expected, the first round of the Greek Presidential election was inconclusive and will now go to a second round on 23rd December.
In the first round which took place yesterday Stavros Dimas, the only candidate, failed to get the 200 votes needed from the Hellenic parliament. Instead he received just 160 votes, five more than the 155 the government could expect to rely upon. A further 135 votes were recorded as blank and five MPs did not attend.
Stavros Dimas is Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ and the government’s candidate.
If Dimas does not get 200 votes in the second round then a third round will be held on 29th December. If he fails to get 180 votes in the third round then parliament will be dissolved and a snap general election will be called.