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Greek government in peril as parliament fails to elect new president
Greek government in peril as parliament fails to elect new president

Greece’s embattled government failed Wednesday in its first of three attempts to elect a new president, raising the specter of snap elections and the rise of Europe’s first anti-austerity party. The parliamentary vote comes amid fresh market turmoil and stalled negotiations with international lenders pressing Greece for yet more economic austerity measures, including trimming 6,500 public sector jobs and making further cuts in pensions. Despite a dramatic, last-minute plea, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won the support of just 160 lawmakers for his nominee, Stavros Dimas, falling well short of the 200-vote supermajority needed to secure election. Five deputies were absent...

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