Posted: May 11, 2012 5:34 AM by Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The head of a small left-wing party and potential kingmaker in Greece's coalition negotiations says he will not join forces with the conservatives and socialists to form a government.
Fotis Kouvelis, whose Democratic Left party won 19 seats in Sunday's election, says he cannot join any coalition that does not include the election runner-up, the Radical Left Coalition. So far, the party's leader Alexi Tsipras has refused to join any government that does not reject the austerity terms of Greece's international bailout.
The heads of the winning conservatives and third-placed socialists have warned that Tspiras' demands would force Greece out of the euro - which all parties say they do not want.
If no deal can be found, Greece will have to hold new elections next month.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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