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Greek opposition leader blames governing Socalists for delay in naming new PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ' Greece's opposition leader has blamed the governing Socialists for a delay in critical power-sharing talks that saw political leaders leave a top-level meeting without naming a new prime minister.
Antonis Samaras said his conservative party "will not become part of the problem" and that according to the country's constitution, the initiative for naming a candidate to head a new interim government lies with the governing Socialist party.
The talks degenerated into confusion Wednesday night, shortly after Papandreou said the country's two main parties had reached an agreement to form an interim coalition government to secure a new euro130 billion ($177 billion) debt deal and keep the country in the euro.
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) ' Greece's critical power-sharing talks have hit a significant hurdle, with political leaders leaving a top-level meeting that had been expected to conclude three days of negotiations without naming a new prime minister to take over from George Papandreou.
The president's office said Wednesday the meeting would re-convene on Thursday morning. It gave no reason. Earlier, Giorgos Karatzaferis, the head of a small right-wing party, had stormed out of the meeting, accusing the heads of the two main parties of using "trickery" but not giving any details.
The breakdown in talks came less than hour after Papandreou said the country's two main parties had reached an agreement to form an interim coalition government to secure a new euro130 billion ($177 billion) debt deal and keep the country in the euro.