Greek socialist head proposes unity govt

Associated Press
An EU and a Greek flag fly in front of ancient Parthenon temple, in Athens, Sunday, June 17, 2012 as Greeks vote in the most crucial elections in decades. Greece voted Sunday amid global fears that victory by parties that have vowed to cancel the country's international bailout agreements and accompanying austerity measures could undermine the European Union's joint currency and pitch the world's major economies into another sharp downturn. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece's socialist PASOK party, which is projected to come in third in Sunday's critical election, has proposed that Greece form a unity government of four top parties that includes the anti-bailout radical left.

Official projections show the conservative New Democracy party as coming in first with about 129 of Parliament's 300 seats, ahead of the anti-bailout radical left Syriza party.

New Democracy and PASOK could form a pro-bailout coalition.

But PASOK's Evangelos Venizelos, who spent months as finance minister, suggested that the usual procedure of each party seeking coalition partners be waived. He said a government must be formed quickly and suggested one between New Democracy, Syriza, PASOK and the small Democratic Left.

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