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Ex-minister who faced huge riots backed for Greek president

Greece: Ex-interior minister who struggled with massive 2008 riots backed for new president

Ex-minister who faced huge riots backed for Greek president

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A conservative former interior minister, on whose watch authorities failed to contain Greece's worst riots in decades, has been named as the government-backed candidate for the ceremonial position of Greek president.

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, a 64-year-old law professor, was nominated Tuesday by the new radical left-led government. His candidacy must be approved by Parliament. Lawmakers will have three tries -- starting Wednesday -- at electing him for a five-year term.

If the first two prove inconclusive, the president can be elected by a simple majority.

Incumbent Karolos Papoulias' second term in office expires next month.

Pavlopoulos was responsible for public order in December 2008, when the fatal police shooting of a teenager sparked weeks of rioting in Athens and other cities. He was broadly criticized for failing to quickly restore order.

Updated : 2021-09-21 20:27 GMT+08:00