Deputy says more may defy leader over pres­i­dent

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In­de­pen­dent Greeks MP Panayi­o­tis Me­las re­vealed yes­ter­day that there may be more law­mak­ers in the party pre­pared to support the gov­ern­ment in its choice of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Me­las drew the wrath of party leader Panos Kam­menos ear­lier this week when he said he was un­de­cided about how he will vote in Fe­bru­ary’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions just a day after the anti-aus­ter­ity party’s par­lia­men­tary group had backed Kam­menos’s stance, which is to op­pose any hope­ful put for­ward by the coali­tion. Kam­menos has threat­ened to oust Me­las if he does not toe the party line. The In­de­pen­dent Greeks party is due to hold its po­lit­i­cal congress in Athens this week­end, so fur­ther splits may sur­face.

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