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Greece to vote in new polls on June 17

Last Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 08:51

Athens: Greece will hold new Parliamentary Elections on June 17 and a court official will head an interim government until then, state television reported.

Council of State head Panagiotis Pikramenos will be appointed interim prime minister.

Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga said on Wednesday that party leaders had agreed that the interim government would not be able to commit the crisis-struck country to any international agreements.

She was speaking after a meeting of party leaders called by President Karolos Papoulias.

The decision on the new polls comes after no party was left with a majority in Parliament following the May 06 elections as voters turned their backs on established parties over the country`s financial crisis. Nine-days of power-sharing talks were unsuccessful.

Greece is expected to introduce more unpopular austerity measures next month to meet targets agreed on its bailout deal with other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.


First Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 08:51
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