The government has decided to move forward by around two months the presidential vote in Parliament, with the first roll call ballot taking place on December 17, followed by the second three days later and the final round on December 29.
The government won the vote for the 2015 budget in the early hours of Monday but the result provided few clues about how the presidential ballot, due in mid-February, could pan out.
Friday marks the beginning of a tricky three days for Greece and the government in particular, with diplomatic talks, street protests and the voting of the budget all on the agenda.
The almost daily headcount of Greek MPs ahead of February's presidential elections is continuing to give a conflicting picture about how events may play out early next year.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras took the unusual step of criticising the troika on Tuesday, an indication of how frustrated the government feels as it is squeezed between lenders’ demands and domestic political pressures.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras gave on Monday his first televised interview since his party’s victory in the European Parliament elections but provided little new information regarding to his intentions for governing.
The fragmentation of Greek politics shows no sign of abating: The creation of another two parties – on opposite sides of the political spectrum – has been announced.
Despite a flurry of calls for the government and the opposition to come to a compromise over the presidential candidate, putting an end to speculation about early elections, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras made it clear over the weekend that his party is in no mood to compromise.
Fresh claims of attempts to bribe opposition MPs ahead of February’s presidential vote have surfaced in Greek politics but there are doubts about whether they are well-founded and if they will have any discernable impact.
Hopes that a second round of talks between Greece and the troika in Paris would bring about a swift conclusion to the programme review were dashed on Wednesday when negotiations ended without any significant agreement.