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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-08

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  • [01] Tsipras receives second mandate

  • [01] Tsipras receives second mandate

    AMNA--Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras arrived at the presidential mansion in Athens on Tuesday, at roughly 1 p.m. local time, to receive a mandate to form a government from Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

    "The country is in need of a government," Papoulias said in greeting Tsipras.amna

    "... this is a historic moment for the Left and a personal responsibility for me, if one considers that the previous mandate (received by a leftist party) was given to (late Communist Party leader) Harilaos Florakis. I would have had more chances of forming a government if we had a different election system or if I had received more votes. The people have decided, we must respect their verdict," Tsipras said.amna

    New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras returned a mandate to form a government on Monday, unable to cobble together a coalition.

    ND picked up a disappointing 18.85 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, while SYRIZA came in a surprising second with 16.78 percent.

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