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Presidential election gambit may backfire for Greece PM

The government of Mr Samaras looks unlikely to muster the 180 parliamentary votes it needs on Monday, and failure to elect a president will trigger early elections.


DEBT-LADEN Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is a late convert to austerity whose penchant for risky politics once again is threatening to torpedo his career.

In a surprise move this month, Mr Samaras pushed forward the date of a high-stakes presidential election,