Papou­lias hopes suc­ces­sor will be elected next year

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Greek Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias made his most out­spo­ken com­ment yet on spec­u­la­tion about whether the cur­rent par­lia­ment will be able to elect his suc­ces­sor, sug­gest­ing that he be­lieves it is in the coun­try’s in­ter­est for early elec­tions to be avoided.

“I hope that even now we will be able to have the nec­es­sary majority to elect a pres­i­dent that will be the pres­i­dent of all Greeks, with the abil­ity to unite ev­ery­one,” Papou­lias said at the start of the meet­ing with To Po­tami leader Stavros Theodor­akis.

“I think this is the ba­sic and es­sen­tial role of a pres­i­dent that does not have par­tic­u­lar pow­ers,” added Papou­lias on his mostly cer­e­mo­nial role.

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