Left-wing leader rejects Greek austerity pledge
Nicholas Paphitis - Associated Press
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Greece's Radical Left Coalition party (SYRIZA) delivers a statement at the party's headquarters in Athens, Monday, May 7, 2012.
Alexis Tsipras, the 38-year-old head of the Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, began coalition talks a day after conservative party leader Antonis Samaras failed to form a government.
Voters furious over years of painful budget cuts and higher taxes hammered Samaras' conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK in Sunday's ballot. The two parties have dominated politics for the last four decades and had backed Greece's multibillion-dollar bailouts.
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