Lawmakers from the extreme right Golden Dawn party signal against the government, at the parliament in Athens on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Greece heads to early general elections next month after parliament rejected premier Antonis Samaras' nominee for president Monday, throwing the country into a new period of political turmoil just as it emerges from an economic crisis.Greek 10-year bond yields surged to a 15-month high and stocks tumbled after former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas fell short of the 180 votes needed to become president in the decisive third round of voting, triggering the dissolution of parliament.A defeated Samaras, who gambled and lost by bringing forward the presidential vote by two months, urged Greeks to vote for stability and vowed not to let anyone put Greece's place in Europe in question.After nearly crashing out of the euro in 2012, Greece this year returned to economic growth and ended a four-year exile from bond markets.
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