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Greece politicians accused of 'tactical games' in search for new PM

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Greece politicians accused of 'tactical games' in search for new PM


Another day of behind the scenes negotiations and political manoeuvering ended with no new coalition government in Greece or a prime minister.

There is talk of a cross-party administration, but its composition and who will head it are still questions that need answering, and some are blaming the leaders of the two main parties.

George Karatzaferis, leader of small right-wing party LAOS, accused George Papandreou and Antonis Samaras of playing tactical games and influencing the president at this crucial time.

On Wednesday evening, Samaras left a meeting with the president after a deal to appoint the house speaker as prime minister fell through. He would have been a compromise choice.

Samaras said he had bigger concerns than who would lead the country next: “My problem isn’t the individuals who could be prime minister. My problem is how to get the sixth part of our bailout loan and how to form a new government.”

In an earlier speech, Papandreou officially resigned, clearing the way for a unity government. During his address he said consensus was more important than party politics and that was why he had to step down. He also stressed Greece’s commitment to staying in the eurozone and following the October bailout plan agreed in Brussel.

However, two deadlines for an announcement have been missed, as talks with Samaras on who will take over the premiership have failed to produce an agreement.

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