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  Greece: leaders fail to form a coalition
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Last Editedparticleman  May 07, 2012 08:22pm
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AuthorHelena Smith
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateTuesday, May 8, 2012 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAttempts to form a new government in Athens have collapsed after the leader of the centre-right New Democracy party announced that he was unable to form a coalition in the crisis-hit country.

"We did whatever was possible," Antonis Samaras told Greeks in a national address, saying he had reached out to every party with the exception of the far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), which was catapulted into parliament in Sunday's election.

The mandate to try to form a government now falls to the surprise runner-up, Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist coalition Syriza, which received 16.78% of the vote.

A spokesman for Syriza told Greek TV: "Our aim is form a government of the left that will liberate the country from the shameful loan agreement it has signed up to."

Raising the pressure, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Monday she expected Greece to continue to commit itself to the tough conditions of the two financial support packages it had signed up to.
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