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Greece elections: New anti-bailout party receives mandate to form government

Former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who heads the newly formed Popular Unity party, received the maximum three-day mandate from the country's president after the head of the main opposition conservative New Democracy failed to form a government.

Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

A new anti-austerity party formed by rebel lawmakers who quit the governing left-wing Syriza was given its chance Monday to seek government coalition partners and prevent Greece from holding its third national vote this year, although chances of averting the election are virtually nil.

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