Greek PM hopes to avoid snap election after better parliament showing

December 23, 2014 12:46 PM

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesdays he hoped to avoid a snap general election next year after an improved result for his candidate in the second round of a parliamentary vote to elect a new president on Tuesday.

As expected, Greek lawmakers failed to reach a majority in favor of the official candidate, Stavros Dimas, but an improved total from the first round left government lawmakers more optimistic ahead of the decisive final round on Dec. 29.

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