Leader of conservative Nea Dimocratia, Antonis Samaras, returns the mandate to form a coalition government after meeting with three political leaders proved fruitless.
“There is no common ground,” Samaras told reporters after he concluded the meetings with potential government partners, just five hours after he was appointed.
Samaras said that he called the president to brief him that he would return the mandate.
Short after he was appointed by president Papoulias to lead exploratory talks on Monday afternoon Samaras had consequent meetings with Tsipras/SYRIZA, Venizelos/PASOK and KouvelisDemocratic Left.
Samaras is expected to officially return the mandate this evening or tomorrow Tuesday.
After that the President will appoint Alexis Tsipras with the mandate to form a government.
Alexis Tsipras will meet the President at 02:00 pm on Tuesday.
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PS From what I hear from PASOK officials, they say, they do not definitely want to take minister posts in the new government.