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article imageGreek elections: New Democracy faces challenge to form coalition

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By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 18, 2012 in Politics
Athens - The results of the second Greek election mirror those of the first, with New Democracy taking first place, SYRIZA second and PASOK third. Once again the challenge of forming a coalition government must be met.
After spending an additional €35 million on second elections the results have a sense of déjà vu. New Democracy won the 50 bonus seats needed to give it a parliamentary majority but will need to form a coalition, as still remains 21 seats short of the majority needed to govern alone.
Athens News reported Anthonis Samaras called for a national unity government, saying “The Greek people voted for the country’s European course and for us to remain in the euro." Samaras called for a "national salvation government."
PASOK's Evangelos Venizelos said there was no time for political games, "the country must be governed." Alexis Tsipras immediately ruled out SYRIZA becoming part of a coalition government, saying it would be a party of strong opposition too “ensure the government acts in the best interests of the Greek people”.
PASOK could have thrown a possible spanner in the works by suggesting it "would not enter a government if SYRIZA did not join as well." Ekathimerini reported it is not known if Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left, will insist on SYRIZA being part of a coalition before his party would sign up, the condition he imposed after the first election.
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