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Greece: Tsipras Forms Coalition Government

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The elections in Greece have been exciting and have changed the political landscape. Alexis Tsipras, the leftist political maverick who swept to power on Sunday in Greece in a popular rebellion, formed a new coalition government on Monday with a right-wing fringe party that will charge immediately into the task of reversing wrenching austerity policies and negotiating with European leaders to reduce Greece’s debt burden.

Panos Kammenos, the leader of the coalition partner, Independent Greeks, told reporters shortly after meeting with Mr. Tsipras on Monday morning that the two had formed “a new government.” The Independent Greeks party, which won 4.7 percent of the national vote, has often taken a hard line against austerity and might push for tough terms in any debt talks.

It was not immediately clear how the power would be shared, but Mr. Tsipras planned to go to the Greek presidential compound in the early afternoon to formally receive the mandate to form a government.

“I want to announce that from this moment the country has a government,” Mr. Kammenos told reporters after about an hour of talks with Mr. Tsipras.

“The Independent Greeks give our vote of confidence to the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras,” he said.

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Source: nytimes.com

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