ATHENS — Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, locked in a heated row with the opposition over Greece's new president, said today that he will seek dissolution of Parliament and a general election.
Political analysts predict June 9 as a probable date for voting in this strategic NATO nation.
Papandreou, whose Pasok Party controls the 300-seat Parliament, will seek dissolution as soon as the legislature has approved constitutional changes he is proposing, an official announcement said.
The changes will need a month for approval, meaning that Parliament probably will be dissolved early in May with elections in June, the analysts said.
Greek politics are in turmoil over the election by Parliament of Christos Sartzetakis as the nation's president. Opposition leader Constantine Mitsotakis today demanded a general election on the issue, saying Sartzetakis was elected illegally.