Two of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s closest advisers, Chrysanthos Lazaridis and Stavros Papastavros, will not be included on the party’s state list of candidates for the January 25 elections, Kathimerini understands.

Candidates on the state list do not compete for votes in the elections but are elected based on the share of the vote the party receives.

A third Samaras aide, State Minister, Dimitris Stamatis is due to be included on the list, which has to be announced on Monday. Athens University rector Theodoros Fortsakis is also expected to receive a place along with former Democratic Left and independent MP Vassilis Economou.

Kathimerini understands that New Democracy is looking for a woman to head the list.