Dimas urges MPs to weigh the ‘national interest’

Just hours before Wednesday’s presidential vote, the government’s candidate Stavros Dimas urged Greek MPs to elevate national interest over partisan advantage.

“My goal is to contribute to the unity of the Greek people… so that the country can exit the crisis,” Dimas said.

“I believe that Greek deputies will live up to the challenge, they will consider and weigh the national interest, unaffected by partisan divisions.”

Prime Minster Antonis Samaras, whose conservative/center-left coalition has 155 deputies in Parliament, must secure at least 25 votes from the smaller parties and unattached independents for the super majority needed to elect Dimas.

The first of three possible votes will take place at 7 p.m.