August 20, 2015 / 10:26 PM / 4 years ago

Greek opposition party leader to get mandate to form government on Friday

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s main opposition party leader Vangelis Meimarakis will meet the country’s president Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday morning to receive a mandate to form a new government, an official from Meimarakis’ New Democracy party said.

Given the arithmetic of the current parliament, New Democracy has little chance of pulling a coalition together after Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned on Thursday, making national elections the most likely outcome.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou in Athens; Writing by Greg Roumeliotis; Editing by James Dalgleish

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