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PREVIEW: Greek presidential vote begins at 1700GMT (1100CST) with the govt expecting its candidate Stavros Dimas to receive at least 161 of 300 MP’s votes, short of the 200 needed to be elected but a basis for a coalition to work for final ballot Dec 29th

- The first of possibly three presidential ballots will take place on Wednesday evening, with the government expecting its candidate, Stavros Dimas, to receive at least 161 of 300 MPs’ votes, which will be well short of the 200 needed to be elected but a basis for the coalition to work from for the final ballot on December 29, when 180 votes will be required.

– The vote is due to begin at 1700GMT/1100CST, with all of New Democracy and PASOK’s 155 MPs expected to back Dimas’s candidacy. The independent MPs Katerina Markou, Spyros Lykoudis, Grigoris Psarianos, Christos Aidonis, Giorgos Davris and Panayiotis Melas are also expected to vote for Dimas, taking the total to 161. (Ekathimerini.com)

(RANsquawk)