Greek presidential election to be held in early February

12:13, January 23, 2010      

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The Greek presidential election will be held in early February, Greek parliament speaker Philippos Petsalnikos told a reception held at the Presidential Mansion in honor of the diplomatic corps on Friday.

Petsalnikos did not give an exact date of the vote, but local media said Friday that the most likely date is Feb. 10, with incumbent President Karolos Papoulias expected to be re-elected to a second term in office.

The Greek presidential election is not conducted by a popular vote, and is decided by a vote in the parliament.

Under the constitution of Greece, the vote in the parliament is conducted at least one month before the expiry of the mandate of the current president.

The 81-year-old Papoulias was sworn in on March 12, 2005, therefore the election should take place by Feb. 12.

Papoulias, a former government minister and member of parliament, was elected on 8 Feb. 2005 by 279 votes, with the support of the center-right New Democracy party and the ruling socialist PASOK party.

The far-right LAOS party is expected to vote for Papoulias this time also, while the two left parties in parliament, the KKE communist party and the SYRIZA coalition, are expected to take a neutral position.

Source: Xinhua
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