Greece's radical left leader seeks coalition
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The leader of a radical left party tasked with trying to form a coalition government is to meet with mainstream party heads, a day after he demanded they withdraw their signatures from Greece's international bailout deal.
Alexis Tsipras' meetings Wednesday will include the leaders of conservative New Democracy and socialist PASOK -- the two parties that suffered massive losses in Sunday's election.
Voters furious at the handling of Greece's financial crisis and the severe austerity imposed in return for rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and European Union abandoned the two parties, leaving no group with enough votes to form a government.
If no coalition can be agreed on, new elections must be called.