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The first round of the Greek Presidential election is underway. The government has no chance of victory tonight but the size of the loss will impact future votes. Open Europe highlights what to watch and what it could all mean for Greece.
17 December 2014
At 5pm GMT today, the Greek parliament will take its first step in an important process – deciding the country’s next president. This is usually a largely ceremonial process, but it has taken on a life of its own this time around. As we noted in our post a few days ago, if the government cannot garner the support of 180 out of 300 MPs by the final third round vote, snap elections will need to be called.
Tonight is the first round, with the second next Tuesday and the third on 29 December. The government has almost no chance of winning in the first and second rounds, since it needs a super-majority of 200 MPs. As the graph shows, the government is currently well short of even the 180 target.
One thing that seems certain is that the Greek Presidential election will go down to the wire on the 29 December. At the moment, it looks as if the government will struggle to stop snap elections being held. That means more uncertainty for Greece.