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Next steps in Greek governmentforming

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   _ New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras receives a presidential mandate Monday to start coalition-building talks. He will have three days in which to strike a deal. If that fails, the mandate goes to Alexis Tsipras, head of the second-placed Syriza radical left coalition, who wants to scrap Greece’s austerity commitments._ Tsipras would have another three days to form a government. If he is also unsuccessful the third-placed Socialists would have a go. A new impasse would force a last-ditch effort by President Karolos Papoulias to broker an agreement during special meetings of party leaders._ After the previous May 6 vote, which also led to a hung parliament, party leaders exhausted the entire process without result. This time a government looks likelier, as the conservatives combined with Socialist PASOK would control a total 162 seats in Parliament. However, PASOK has said it would prefer a broad coalition including Syriza, even though Tsipras’ party has ruled out the idea.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Patients with chronic pain give advice ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The next steps in the laborious process of forming a coalition government in Greece after Sunday’s new inconclusive elections:_ Conservative New Democracy came first in Sunday’s vote with a higher percentage than on May 6. But it is still 22 legislators short of forming a government on its own. That means it needs a coalition partner. To pass laws, it needs a simple majority of 151 seats in the 300-strong Parliament. In practical terms, however, it will need a much stronger majority to have a real chance of success.center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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