The Greek political spotlight has now fallen on the 37 year-old leader of the radical left coalition party Syriza, who has been given three days to form a new government.
Alexis Tsipras gets a chance to do what New Democracy’s Antonis Samaris failed to do; stitch together a government, although it seems the Greek left is as unwilling to work together as the right.
Tsipris himself has ruled out any continuation of austerity, and scrapping the IMF and EU bailout deals, and the Communists have ruled out any role in a coalition.
“I would like an anti-bailout movement that will send a message to Europe for a change in policy, from austerity to development,” said one man.
“I don’t want a coalition government. I want a government that will reflect the people’s will, and the Greeks have answered that they don’t want what’s happening now,” said another.
The stage appears set for political paralysis, and fresh elections as early as next month if no government can be formed.