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Kouvelis denies reports he has been asked to run for President in 2015

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).