Greek conservative head sworn in as PM
Elena Becatoros and Nicholas Paphitis - The Associated Press
Greek President Karolos Papoulias, right, meets with Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras before giving him a mandate to form a government in Athens, Monday, June 18.
The move ends a protracted political crisis that had cast grave doubt over the country's future in Europe's joint currency and threatened to plunge Europe deeper into a financial crisis with global repercussions.
Samaras, an American-educated 61-year-old economist, was sworn in three days after his party won the second national elections in six weeks but without enough votes to form a government on its own.
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