Initial efforts for Greek coalition gov't fail
The Associated Press
Greek President Karolos Papoulias, right, meets with conservative election winner Antonis Samaras, to formally give him the mandate to form a coalition government, in Athens on May 7, 2012. Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras, whose pro-austerity party came first in national elections but fell well short of a governing majority, is currently trying to form a new coalition government. Samaras has three days in which to build an alliance, after receiving the formal mandate from President Karolos Papoulias Monday.
Conservative leader Antonis Samaras said his attempts to convince the heads of all the parties that might have been open to a coalition did not succeed, and that he had handed back the mandate to form a government to the country's president.
Greeks furious at how the two main parties have handled the financial crisis that left the country reliant on international bailouts deserted Samaras' conservative New Democracy and the socialist PASOK parties in droves Sunday, voting instead for smaller, and sometime extreme, parties on the left and right.
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