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Photo by MacroPolis PM and SYRIZA deaf to calls for compromise over president so far

The prospect of some kind of last minute deal emerging to secure the election of a president and averting snap elections in Greece is looking slim at the moment despite a growing number of government MPs openly stating their support for a compromise solution.

Photo by MacroPolis The possible scenarios for avoiding snap elections in Greece

Wednesday’s presidential ballot, in which government candidate Stavros Dimas attracted just 160 votes, leaves the coalition with a huge amount of work to do by the final vote on December 29 if it is to have any chance of avoiding early election.

Photo by MacroPolis Opposition parties' stance on president provides gov't with little hope so far

Despite earlier speculation that Democratic Left (DIMAR) might disband so its members could join SYRIZA, the one-time coalition partner decided late on Wednesday that it would not make such a move. DIMAR also reaffirmed its decision not to vote for presidential candidate Stavros Dimas, making the chances of him being elected slimmer.

Photo by Myrto Papadopoulos [www.myrtopapadopoulos.com] All the numbers that matter in the Greek presidential election

The government’s surprise announcement on Monday that it is bringing forward the presidential election by two months marks the start of a desperate scramble for the votes of independent and opposition MPs that will determine whether the coalition survives or whether Greece heads for early national polls.

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