December 9, 2014 - 16:28 AMT
Greek government chooses candidate for president

Former European Union environment commissioner Stavros Dimas has been chosen as the Greek government's candidate for president, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced on Tuesday, Dec 9, according to Reuters.

In surprise move, the government on Monday moved forward the start of the presidential vote by two months to next week, risking early elections if he fails to secure a supermajority in parliament to back Dimas's candidature.

"When the current parliament elects a president at the end of the month the clouds will be gone and the country will be ready to officially enter the post-bailout era," Samaras said in a televised address.