Greek president to urge coalition government

  • Greek President Karolos Papoulias is set to hold talks with party leaders in a final attempt to create a coalition government and avoid fresh elections.

    The move comes a day after Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the socialist Pasok party, failed to form a unity government.

    Earlier in the week, centre-right New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, whose party won the most votes, also failed to find a third partner to give them a majority in parliament.

    Last Sunday’s elections saw voters support parties opposed to severe austerity measures.

    If the president’s attempts fail, elections are likely to be held again next month.