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Greek election victor gets mandate for coalition

5:45 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's conservative election victor Antonis Samaras says he is optimistic of forming a coalition after the president tasked him to form a new government.

Samaras, who came first in Sunday's national election, says he will meet with leaders of all parties "that believe in Greece's European orientation and the euro" this afternoon.

He spoke after a meeting Monday with President Karolos Papoulias.

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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