Greek PM Announces Presidential Candidate

Southeast Europe | February 17, 2015, Tuesday // 18:30|  views

An archive picture dated 11 November 2011 and made available on 17 February 2015 of Prokopis Pavlopoulos, MP of conservative main opposition New Democracy party. Photo: EPA

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Prokopis Pavlopoulos as the presidential candidate of the coalition government.

Pavlopoulos, who is a centre-right moderate, served as Interior Minister between 2004 and 2009 and was likely nominated for his criticism of the bailout agreement, daily Kathimerini reports.

Tsipras, who announced his decision to the SYRIZA parliamentary group on Tuesday, justified his choice with the need for political and social consensus in the country.

It was precisely the failure to elect a president at three occasions in December, which led to the early parliamentary elections in January that were won by SYRIZA.

It remains unclear whether the coalition partners from Independent Greeks are to support Pavlopoulos at the first round of voting, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening.

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