In order to secure Mr. Dimas’ election the coalition government will have to secure the support of 180 members of parliament. In the first vote Mr. Dimas received 160 votes and in the second he received an additional 8. In order to reach 180 votes, Mr. Dimas would have to attract the votes of MPs from the Democratic Left and Independent Greeks.
At present it seems unlikely that early elections will be avoided, as senior government officers have predicted that Mr. Dimas may receive a maximum of 173 or 175 votes. Nevertheless, should more MPs be considering to change their vote, they will do so at the final moment.
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