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Greek President Karolos Papoulias wins second term

Greek President Karolos Papoulias
Mr Papoulias' role is largely ceremonial

Greek President Karolos Papoulias has been re-elected for a second term, as both main parties backed him for the sake of political stability.

The 80-year-old won 266 votes in the 300-seat parliament, with support from both ruling socialists and opposition conservatives.

Failure to reach agreement would have forced a parliamentary election.

Mr Papoulias urged his country to unite to overcome the debt crisis putting it under huge international pressure.

"A fair, strong and efficient state can overcome the current situation and open better avenues for Greece," he said.

The president's role in Greece is largely ceremonial, with limited powers.

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