Saturday, November 5, 2011

Greek Prime Minister, President Discuss Coalition

Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2011

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is meeting with President Karolos Papoulias to begin talks on a coalition government, after narrowly surviving a vote of confidence in parliament.

"I will do whatever I can to help form a coalition government," Mr. Papandreou said in remarks that were televised nationally.

The meeting follows a week of turmoil in Greek politics that climaxed in a vote of confidence early Saturday morning. Papandreou carried the vote, but has signalled he is ready to step down to pave the way for a coalition government to take over.

But it remains far from certain that major opposition parties will agree to a coalition under a Socialist prime minister.


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