Greece Power-Sharing Difficulty

ATHENS: At the end of the second uncertain election in the previous two weeks, talks among the rival parties are in process to form a coalition government as no party has gained a decisive majority.

New Democracy Party has the highest number of seats, 129, in the Sunday election and they are unable to form a single party government due to the reason that the total numbers of seats in the parliament are 300.

The head of the New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras, is trying to get support from the Socialist PASOK party and the Democratic Left party. The two parties have already experienced a coalition government for 6-months in the beginning of this year.

Evangelos Venizelos, PASOK head, met with Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis and told the reporters that a deal between them could reach “within hours”.

Kouvelis said, “The country must have a government.”

Venizelos said, “I am confident after my meeting with Mr Kouvelis, our views are very close.”

The three party leaders have vowed to respect the promises to take the debt-ridden country out of economic chaos.

Samaras’ have a 3-day mandate to constitute government and it will end on Wednesday. If Samaras’ fail, the number two party head, Syriza, would be given a chance to form government but the latter seems to have no interest in doing so.


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