Athens: The head of Greece’s conservative party, Antonis Samaras, has been sworn in as Prime Minister to head a three-party coalition that will uphold the country’s international bailout commitments.
Samaras, 61, was sworn on June 22, three days after his party came first in the second national elections but failed to win enough votes to form a government on its own. He is Greece’s fourth Prime Minister in eight months.
His New Democracy party will join forces with the socialist Pasok party, which came in third place, and the smaller Democratic Left. The deal ended nearly seven weeks of political uncertainty in debt crippled Greece that threatened to plunge Europe deeper into a financial crisis with global repercussions.