Greece appoints caretaker PM ahead of second elections

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Following Greece’s failure to form a coalition in parliament last weekend, a caretaker prime minister has been appointed to lead the country to a repeat vote.

According to a report by Ekathimerini, the care taker prime minister was chosen on Wednesday by President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Sakellaropoulou appointed Ioannis Sarmas, a senior judicial official who is president of the Hellenic Court of Audit, one of the country’s three senior courts.

“It is a constitutional obligation and at the same time my duty as a citizen to accept,” Sarmas told Sakellaropoulou, according to Ekathimerini.

Under Greece’s electoral system, the winner of a second vote following an inconclusive first election can receive up to 50 bonus seats for every point it wins beyond 25%.

A repeat election would be held on June 25 after Alexis Tsipras, the main opposition leader of left-wing party SYRIZA, rejected an invitation to try and form Greece’s next government.

Source: Ekathimerini

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