25 December 2014

Second-round ballot fails to elect Greek president

Under Greece's constitution, parliament has three tries to elect a president--the first and second ballots have failed to elect a president, the last is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 29--and if it fails, parliament will be dissolved and snap General Elections called within a month. In the first two rounds, the president must be elected by a two-thirds majority of the 300 lawmakers in parliament, but that threshold falls to 180 votes in the third and final round.

Stavros Dimas, the governing coalition’s candidate, won 168 votes, in the second-round ballot, eight more than in last week’s first-round ballot, following a last-ditch appeal for consensus by Antonis Samaras, the prime minister.

Some analysts have argued the prime minister would have needed to notch up at least 170 votes in Tuesday’s second-round vote to give him a reasonable chance of winning the third and final ballot schedled for next Monday, Dec 29, 2014 when 180 votes are required to elect a new president.

 If a general election is called then it could bring to power Alexis Tsipras and his radical left-wing political party: SYRIZA