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Nerves as Greek election faces second round of voting

The Greek parliament has failed to elect a new president in the first of three rounds of voting.

The government's candidate got 160 votes, 40 short of an outright win.

If Stavros Dimas fails to get elected after two more voting rounds over the next fortnight, there will be an early general election.

A second presidential vote will now be held on 23 December.

Gavin Hewitt reports from Athens.

  • 17 Dec 2014
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