Too far away the 180 Votes for the President, Mr. Samaras, you have just 155!

The vote of confidence from the Greek Parliament was the Prime Minister’s Antonis Samaras strategic move to gain more time and the image of stability for the coalition government .
All 155 lawmakers in the conservative-socialist coalition backed the vote, among them a rebel  New Democracy lawmaker and ex Minister of Health, Nikitas Kaklamanis, who returned to the conservative party some hours before the vote.
131 opposition lawmakers in the 300-seat Greek parliament rejected the vote  and two said they were voting neither way.

Speaking  spoke before all prominent party members, the Prime Minister sent messages of unity, promising brighter days to the Greeks and expressing once again his strong belief that the harsh austerity times are over. As usually, he attacked the opposition party, and personally, the SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, accusing him for serving false promises to the Greek people. But this time, he insisted on asking SYRIZA votes to support his government, even after the Presidential March elections , where the government needs 180 votes of the 300 Greek  MPs

“Come together to elect the President,”  Samaras said. “We will do it anyway, without you. it would be better to do it together”
The opposition leader made clear to the government that SYRIZA will never  legitimize the agreements under which the coalition gov has dramatically engaged the country and ended the discussion calling Antonis Samaras to go directly to elections.

History shows that the vote for confidence in Greece is the last line of defense for an unpopular government, a greekrepoter article recently wrote.

In November 4, 2011, the ex Prime Minister George Papandreou had asked the Greek  parliament for confidence vote. He got 153 votes in favor and 145 against.

Two days later, he was forced to resign.