Numbers tight for Greek PM Samaras ahead of crucial vote

December 17, 2014 11:44 AM

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called for support on Wednesday ahead of a tight parliamentary vote that will trigger elections unless he can win backing from independents and smaller parties that have so far rejected helping his coalition.

Two key small parties -- Democratic Left, which quit the government last year, and the right-wing, anti-austerity Independent Greeks -- repeated their opposition hours before the 300 lawmakers in parliament begin the first of three votes to elect a new president. Voting begins at 7.00 p.m. (12 p.m. ...

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