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Greek Prime Minister Calls for Snap Parliamentary Elections on January 25

© REUTERS / Alkis KonstantinidisGreece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reacts during the second of three rounds of a presidential vote at the Greek parliament in Athens December 23, 2014
Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reacts during the second of three rounds of a presidential vote at the Greek parliament in Athens December 23, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced that he will request the president to hold snap parliamentary elections on January 25.

A general view is seen of the Greek parliament during the first of three rounds of a presidential vote in Athens - Sputnik International
Greek Parliament Fails to Elect President, Snap Elections to Be Held
MOSCOW, December 29 (Sputnik) – Greece will hold snap parliamentary elections on January 25 after the current parliament was dissolved because it was unable to elect a new president after three attempts, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced Monday.

"Tomorrow I will visit the president and request… that elections be held as soon as possible, on January 25," Samaras said in a televised address, AFP reported.

Earlier Monday, the Greek parliament failed to elect a president in a third round of the elections with government candidate and former European Commissioner for environment Stavros Dimas securing 168 votes instead of the 180 needed.

On December 23, the Greek parliament wasn't able to elect a president after a second round of voting, when one-third of parliamentarians abstained in the vote, and Stavros Dimas only gained 168 votes out of 200 needed. The main opposition party in the Greek parliament, Syriza, has not nominated a candidate as they are seeking new general elections.

In the current situation, incumbent Karolos Papoulias should sign a decree to dissolve the parliament in the next 10 days and set the date for snap elections that should take place between January 25 and February 8, 2015.

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