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Greek Government Mandate to Pass to Syriza as Samaras Fails

Greek political leaders are meeting for a second day to try to form a government after New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras failed to forge an agreement following an election that raised questions about the nation’s euro membership.

Samaras gave up his bid after almost six hours of talks in Athens yesterday. The attempt to form a government will pass to Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza, the second-biggest party, which has vowed to renegotiate the terms of international aid for Greece. Tsipras will see President Karolos Papoulias today at 2 p.m.