Greek President Papoulias elected for second term

Greek lawmakers re-elected 80-year-old Karolos Papoulias for a second term as the country's president on Wednesday.

Greek President Papoulias elected for second term

Greek lawmakers re-elected 80-year-old Karolos Papoulias for a second term as the country's president on Wednesday in a move to avert political instability amid a budget crisis.

Papoulias was backed by both the ruling Socialists and the main conservative opposition New Democracy party, winning 266 votes in the 300-seat parliament. His new five-year term begins on March 12.

Even though the office is largely ceremonial, failure to elect a head of state forces a snap general election.

"To overcome this crisis, we must mobilise all our forces and be united," Papoulias, a former Socialist foreign minister, said after the vote.


Reuters

Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2010, 14:21
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