Nov. 9 - Talks to pick a new Greek prime minister broke down Wednesday evening, hours after a successor was expected to be named, throwing Greece closer to economic chaos. Conway G. Gittens reports.
Just when it appeared the Greek political fiasco was making a turn for the better - it has not. Talks to pick a new prime minister unexpectedly broke down late in the evening and will not resume until Thursday, throwing Greece into further chaos and putting the nation closer to economic collapse. George Karatzaferis, leader of the small right wing Laos party, stormed out of the Presidential palace. SOUNDBITE: GEORGE KARATZAFERIS, LEADER OF GREECE'S RIGHT WING 'LAOS' PARTY (GREEK WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION) SAYING: "At these crucial moments, tactical games are being played by Mr. Papandreou and Mr. Samaras, and influenced the president of the Republic. I am truly saddened." Mr. Samaras is Antonis Samaras, head of the Greek opposition party New Democracy, emerging from discussions seemingly unwilling to back perceived frontrunner Felippos Petsalnikos. SOUNDBITE): ANTONIS SAMARAS, LEADER OF GREECE'S OPPOSITION 'NEW DEMOCRACY' PARTY (GREEK WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION) SAYING: "The government has the initiative for the proposal of a new prime minister. My problem is not the individuals, my problem is to unblock the sixth tranche and the bailout agreement, for the country to acquire a new government, particularly during this very crucial time." The turn of events came as a big surprise - since hours before - outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou offered his well wishes to his successor, a successor yet to be named. Conway Gittens, Reuters