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Greeks braced for more turmoil after coalition talks fail again


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Greeks braced for more turmoil after coalition talks fail again

Greek voters are braced for more political turmoil after Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos failed to form a government.

He is the third leader to fail to form a coalition after last week’s election handed big gains to anti-austerity parties.

Costas, a 60-year-old pensioner from Athens, said that since there is no solution to the stalemate, having new elections would be better.

Peggy, a 42-year-old teacher, said a new poll is inevitable but it will yield no results.

She said people’s lives are very hard. They have been brought to their knees economically, financially and emotionally, she said.

The feeling amongst many Greeks is one of anger and exasperation towards the country’s political class.

Vageli, another Athens resident, said there will be a problem if elected officials shirk their responsibilities.

One poll published on Saturday suggested far-left, anti-bailout party Syriza would win any new election with 27.7 percent of the vote.

That would represent a gain of 11 percentage points from Sunday’s result.

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