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Greek lawmakers debate confidence vote called the governing coalition

  • Protesters shout slogans outside the Greek Parliament during a rally in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Greece's parliament will vote on a confidence motion proposed by the government in a bid to rally the support of its own legislators. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition, which is halfway through its four-year term, is expected to win the vote late Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Protesters shout slogans outside the Greek Parliament during a rally in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Greece's parliament will vote on a confidence motion proposed by the government in a bid to rally the support of its own legislators. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition, which is halfway through its four-year term, is expected to win the vote late Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters shout slogans as the Presidential guards march at the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the Greek Parliament during a rally in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Greece's parliament will vote on a confidence motion proposed by the government in a bid to rally the support of its own legislators. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition, which is halfway through its four-year term, is expected to win the vote late Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Protesters shout slogans as the Presidential guards march at the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the Greek Parliament during a rally in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Greece's parliament will vote on a confidence motion proposed by the government in a bid to rally the support of its own legislators. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition, which is halfway through its four-year term, is expected to win the vote late Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Traffic piles up in central Athens, caused by a protest outside the Greek parliament during a debate on a confidence vote demanded by the conservative-led governing coalition half-way through its four-year mandate, in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ government is expected to win the vote, but it faces possible early elections soon as it would need opposition support to elect Greece’s new president in March. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Traffic piles up in central Athens, caused by a protest outside the Greek parliament during a debate on a confidence vote demanded by the conservative-led governing coalition half-way through its four-year mandate, in Athens on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ government is expected to win the vote, but it faces possible early elections soon as it would need opposition support to elect Greece’s new president in March. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Greek lawmakers are debating a confidence vote called by the country's coalition government in a bid to bolster support among its backbenchers ahead of a presidential vote early next year.

The three-day debate is expected to end with a vote late Friday night after speeches by Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the opposition leader.

Samaras is expected to win the vote and thereby allay fears of renewed political instability. He controls 155 of Parliament's 300 seats midway through his four-year term.

However, next year Samaras would need opposition support to avoid a stalemate and snap election in February when parliament elects the country's new president.

The anti-economic-bailout Syriza party is leading opinion polls by promising to renegotiate the tough terms of Greece's 240 billion euro ($302 billion) international bailouts.