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Greek President Karolos Papoulias President Karolos Papoulias

President: Karolos Papoulias

Born in 1929, veteran Pan Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) foreign minister Karolos Papoulias was elected president by parliament in 2004, and again for a final five-year term in 2010.

The presidency is a largely ceremonial post, as executive power resides with the prime minister, but Greece's debt crisis has thrust President Papoulias into the political foreground as he tries to maintain a stable government in the face of public anger and a divided political class.

At the end of December 2014 parliament failed at the third attempt to approve a new successor to Mr Papioulias, triggering a snap election with the potential to force a change of government.

Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras

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