03:48 GMT01 August 2021
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    Former Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos was elected the new President of Greece on Wednesday.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) – Prokopis Pavlopoulos' candidacy was supported by 180 parliamentarians out of 300, enough to be elected in the first round of voting.

    Currently, the election is still ongoing.

    The 64-year-old center-right politician was a member of the New Democracy party and served as Greek Interior Minister from 2007-2009.

    He was nominated on Tuesday by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

    The Greek parliament has failed to elect a new president three times. The last attempt was made on December 29, 2014 and in line with the Greek Constitution, a general election was held in the country within a month of the failed vote.

    On January 25, the left-wing Syriza party that promised to revise Greece's austerity measures, won snap parliamentary elections.


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