* Dec. 17: Parliament’s 300 lawmakers held the first of three possible votes to appoint a new head of state. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s coalition failed to garner a two-thirds super-majority -- equivalent to 200 lawmakers -- for its candidate, Stavros Dimas. It has 155 lawmakers in its bloc. After securing only 160 votes, a second round will be held on Dec. 23 at noon.
* While all parties have the right to nominate a presidential candidate, only the government announced a nominee. While that nominee could change during the election process, Samaras said Dimas would be the government’s candidate in all voting rounds.