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At this hour Carolos Papoulias is talking to the leaders of the three largest parliamentary parties. Exactly at noon Antonis Samaras, president of New Democracy, Alexis Tsipras, party leader of the Radical Left SYRIZA and Evangelos Venizelos, leader of PASOK, entered the presidential palace.
Upon entering the presidential palace Antonis Samaras told journalists that a coalition government must be formed, which should take over the management of Greece until the European Parliament elections. "I do not have big hopes, I am not optimistic, but I will try everything in my power to form a coalition government," said Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left, for Skai TV.
He and the leaders of the remaining parliamentary parties Panos Kamenos from Independent Greeks, Aleka Papariga from the Communist Party and Nikolaos Michaloliakos from Golden Dawn, will have separate meetings with President Carolos Papoulias, after he finishes his conversation with the leaders of the three largest parties.
"Separate meetings do not aid in trying to find a compromise," commented the leader of Independent Greeks, Panos Kamenos on the format that the Greek President chose regarding the consultations with the parliamentary parties. The goal of the talks is to find a common compromise between the political forces and form a government after last Sunday's elections. In the event that such a compromise is impossible, Carolos Papoulias will create a caretaker government and for Prime Minister the President will appoint the chairman from one of the three supreme courts in Greece. After that he will schedule new elections.