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Greek Conservative Leader Sworn In As PM

June 20, 2012

The leader of Greece's conservative New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras, has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister.

He will head a new government tasked with implementing austerity reforms and guiding the country out of its debt crisis.

Samaras told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, "we will do everything we can to take the country out of the crisis."

New Democracy -- which won the most votes in the June 17 parliamentary elections but not enough to govern alone -- has held three days of talks on forming a coalition with the socialist PASOK and the Democratic Left party.

The make-up of the new government is expected to be announced later on June 20.

All three parties say they broadly support Greece's multibillion-euro loan agreements with the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpa

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/greek-socialist-leader-says-coalition-deal-agreed/24620240.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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