Early national elections following the Greek Parliament’s failure to elect President

Greece will hold early national elections, following the Greek Parliament’s failure on Monday to elect Stavros Dimas as president of the Hellenic Republic in the third and final round of voting for the presidential election.

A total of 168 deputies voted in favour of his candidacy and 132 MPs did not support him and voted ‘Present’.

The people will not allow its sacrifices to be wasted, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Monday after the parliament’s failure to elect a President of the Republic. Samaras on Tuesday will meet with the Greek President Karolos Papoulias to ask him to dissolve the Parliament and call general elections for January 25.