One day after an election that saw voters oust politicians that had pushed for austerity measures, the Greek political system appeared to still be in turmoil. Although the New Democracy Party gathered the most votes in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, leader Antonis Samaras announced on Monday that he had failed in his efforts to form a coalition government, which means that the next party in line, the Coalition of the Radical Left, otherwise known as Syriza, will now get the chance to do so, according to Euronews.
Here are some of the key details regarding the Greek political situation as of Monday.
* Syriza leader Alexis Tpsiras will now be given just three days to accomplish what Samaras and the New Democracy Party could not, namely, to form a coalition government. In order to do this, Tpsiras must get at least one other major party to join with his to take the nation in a common direction, otherwise, his party will lose their position as well.
* Sunday's vote is largely seen as being primarily designed to thwart previously-instituted austerity measures that have been enacted by Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and his coalition government, comprised of the Socialist PASOK party and New Democracy.
* The Associated Press reported that if Tpsiras fails to form a coalition government within his allotted time frame, the baton will pass to the third party in line. Should no party be able to form a government before a deadline of May 17, elections will be held again.
* If Tpsiras is successful, his newly-formed coalition government would theoretically begin its work with a session of Parliament on May 17.
* Tpsiras has made no secret of the fact that he regards Sunday's vote as a vote by the Greek people against austerity, and that his coalition government would adhere to that ideal.
* The Greek economy is still depending on billions of euros of loans due to be handed out by the rest of the eurozone to help the much-indebted nation avoid default, according to CNN. Those loans, however, were conditional upon agreements made by Parliament and Papademos to enact strict austerity measures to reduce the nation's ballooning deficits.
* Ekathimerini reported that Tpsiras will likely seek to form a coalition with the Communist Party (KKE) and the Democratic Left. Syriza is itself a left-leaning party. Tpsiras has already said that despite the fact that the New Democracy Party came in first place in Sunday's voting, he would not seek to form a coalition government with that group because it is pro-austerity, which he maintains the Greek people clearly voted against.
* If Tpsiras fails to form a coalition government, the job will next pass to the PASOK party, which was heavily wounded in Sunday's elections.
* For its part, the European Commission has said that Greece needs time to figure out its political situation, but that the previously-agreed upon terms of the bailout still stand.
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