Press TV: A statement from the parliament said an early election in the austerity-weary country would be held on January 25, as Samaras announced on Monday, and the new parliament would hold its inaugural session on February 5.
Greece is due to swear in caretaker interior and justice ministers later on Wednesday. The pair will preside over the election process.
The dissolution of the parliament has renewed concerns about political stability in Greece at the heart of the eurozone’s debt crisis.
On Tuesday, Samaras warned that cash-strapped Greece may be forced out of the eurozone if the anti-austerity leftist party, Syriza, wins parliamentary polls next month.
“This struggle will determine whether Greece stays in Europe,” Samaras told the president.
Syriza leftists have consistently topped opinion polls in recent months, promising to reverse austerity measures that secured an international bailout by the so-called troika of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank.
Latest opinion polls show that Syriza leads the conservative party by three to six points.
Samaras requested snap elections after Stavros Dimas, his candidate to succeed incumbent President Karolos Papoulias, failed in three attempts to collect the required number of votes to be confirmed in office. Papoulias’ five-year term ends in March.
Greece nearly went bankrupt in 2010, only to survive on international rescue packages. It has received 240 billion euros (USD 330 billion) in international loans.
Greeks Pull 2.5 Billion Euros From Banks In December
Depositors in Greece have withdrawn a total of 2.5 billion euros (USD 3 billion) from bank accounts in December alone amid qualms of fresh political and economic instability in the country.Press TV: The Kathimerini daily said on Wednesday that the situation could only be ascribed to public fears before snap parliamentary elections on January 25.
In the upcoming vote, a leftist government may well take over and pursue Greece's exit from the eurozone. Members of the leftist party, Syriza, have consistently topped opinion polls in recent months, promising to reverse austerity measures that secured an international bailout by the so-called troika of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned that cash-strapped Greece may be forced out of the eurozone if the anti-austerity Syriza wins the polls next month.
“This struggle will determine whether Greece stays in Europe,” Samaras added.
The report said in November, 200 million euros were withdrawn from Greek banks, stressing, however, that the withdrawal of deposits during the past several weeks does not amount to a run on the bank.
The parliament in Greece was dissolved on Wednesday after Samaras requested the dissolution of the legislature following its failure to choose a new president after three successive rounds of voting.
Greece has been relying on international rescue loans since 2010. It has received 240 billion euros (USD 330 billion) in international loans. In exchange, Athens has implemented harsh austerity measures.
Greeks have lost about a third of their disposable income since the debt crisis erupted in 2009. The unemployment rate has also soared, leaving about one in four without a job.