Democratic Left (DIMAR) chief Fotis Kouvelis has denied speculation that he has been asked to be the ruling coalition’s candidate for president in elections next year.
“There has been neither a proposal, nor a hint. There has been no deal, neither in secret, nor in the open,” Kouvelis said during a press conference at Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Wednesday.
Failure to elect a new President will trigger early parliamentary elections in Greece. SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has said that his party will try to trigger a snap poll by blocking the government’s nomination. The nominee needs to gain 3/5 of Parliament’s backing (180 votes).