Greek PM urges lawmakers to avoid snap election

December 27, 2014 6:42 PM

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Greek PM urges lawmakers to avoid snap election

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned lawmakers on Saturday against the snap election that will be called if he loses a key presidential vote in parliament next week, but said he was confident of winning if Greeks did go to the polls.

Speaking before Monday's third and last round in the election of a successor to head of state Karolos Papoulias, Samaras said a general election, which must be held if a new president cannot be appointed, was against the national interest.

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