Greece's New Democracy rushes to form coalition
June 19 , 2012
The leader of Greece’s New Democracy party, which narrowly won the country’s election, is holding urgent talks to form a coalition.
Antonis Samaras has met with leaders of the other two largest parties, though no deal on a coalition has yet been announced.
Samaras has said he will seek changes in a bailout agreement reached with the EU and IMF.
However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the future government to meet its obligations, adding any weakening of reform pledges made would be unacceptable.
Samaras’ meeting with the leader of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, was unsuccessful with the latter saying Syriza would remain in opposition and challenge the government.
Samaras later met Evangelos Venizelos, whose socialist Pasok party came third in the election and is likely to agree to form a coalition
Under the constitution, Samaras has three days to form a government.