Greek PM's presidential candidate successfully elected
Pavlopoulos gained the support of 233 deputies in the 300-seat chamber.

The Greek Prime Minister’s presidential candidate, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, was elected president of Greece with 233 votes on Wednesday.

Pavlopoulos, who comes from the center right party New Democracy, gained the support of 233 deputies in the 300-seat chamber.

The failure of the previous government's presidential candidate, Stavros Dimas, to be elected in December 2014 resulted in early national elections that gave power to the leftist anti-austerity party Syriza.

According to the constitution, the current government’s candidate needs to collect a three-fifths majority, 180 out of the 300 deputies.

The ruling Syriza party and its junior coalition partner Independent Greeks proposed Pavlopoulos as their candidate.

He was supported by 149 Syriza deputies and 13 deputies from Independent Greeks. Pavlopoulos was also supported by New Democracy deputies.

In total, 295 deputies took part in the vote with five absentees. 32 MPs refused to vote in favor.

Pavlopoulos was born in 1950 and studied law at the University of Athens.

He has a Ph.D. in public law and served as minister of interior, public administration and decentralization between 2004 and 2007, and minister of interior from 2007 to 2009.

Opposition party To Potami nominated National and Kapodistrian University of Athens constitutional law professor Nikos Alivizatos as its presidential candidate. He was also supported by opposition party Pasok and won 30 votes in total.

Pavlopoulos will replace 85-year-old Karolos Papoulias whose five year term ends next month.

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