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Greek main opposition leader agrees to meet with PM

11-07-2011 08:54 BJT

ATHENS, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- In response to a call by Prime Minister George Papandreou, the main Greek opposition leader Antonis Samaras accepted a meeting later on Sunday evening hosted by the President Karolos Papoulias to discuss a new coalition government.

During a cabinet meeting, Papandreou announced that he "contacted the President and asked him to host a meeting with Samaras to seek the possibility of common understanding," said a statement released by the his press office.

"The government will deliver authority to a new government of wider consensus in which I do not wish to lead," said Papandreou.

Local media said this has indicated his willingness to step down, paving the way for the formation of a national unity government to continue efforts to avert a default of the country.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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