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Prokopis Pavlopoulos is elected next president of Greece

February 19 2015, 14:55

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, 64, has been elected Greece's new presidentProkopis Pavlopoulos, 64, has been elected Greece's new presidentGovernment candidate Prokopis Pavlopoulos, 64, has been elected Greece's new president in a parliamentray vote.

A conservative former interior minister, he was nominated by radical-left premier Alexis Tsipras who wanted a unity candidate.

Pavlopoulos got well over the 180 votes he needed, with his only rival for the largely ceremonial post far behind.

His election in the first round of voting was expected as the opposition New Democracy party had also declared its support for him.

Pavlopoulos served from 2004 to 2009 in a conservative New Democracy government.

It was Greece’s failed attempt to pick a president in December under ex-prime minister Antonis Samaras that led to the early parliamentary 
poll that brought Tsipras and his anti-austerity Syriza party to power.

Pavlopoulos will replace 85-year-old Karolos Papoulias whose five-year term ends next month.

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