Re-elected president vows to lead Greece out of crisis

08:24, February 04, 2010      

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Greek Parliament President Philipos Petsalnikos (front 3rd R) poses for a group photo with Greek President Karolos Papoulias (front 3rd L) at the presidential palace in Athens, Greece, Feb. 3, 2010. Karolos Papoulias is re-elected Wednesday to a second term by parliament with an overwhelming majority. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

Newly re-elected Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday said he was on the side of the Greek people in weathering the difficulties brought by the financial crisis.

Papoulias was re-elected on Wednesday to a second term with 266 votes in the 300-seat parliament.

The 80-year-old incumbent expressed gratitude for the public's trust and said "we must get over this crisis. We all have a duty, state and citizens, to work united for a historic change. In this effort, I am on your side".


Greek Parliament President Philipos Petsalnikos (front 2nd R) announces the results of presidential election to Greek President Karolos Papoulias (front 1st L) at the presidential palace in Athens, Greece, Feb. 3, 2010. Karolos Papoulias is re-elected Wednesday to a second term by parliament with an overwhelming majority. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

In the election, Papoulias was backed by the ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), main opposition New Democracy (ND) and smaller opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) parties, while lawmakers from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left did not vote for him, but simply declared their presence in the roll-call vote during a special session.

Papoulias was first elected to office in February 2005 with 279 votes, which is a record high in the Greek parliament. He will start his new five-year-term on March 12.

Papoulias, a former government minister and member of parliament, is the sixth president of Greece since the restoration of democracy in 1974 and the third to be re-elected to a second term.

Under the Constitution, the presidential election is held at least one month before the expiry of the mandate of the current leader.

Source: Xinhua
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