Venizelos retains some hope but also prepares for elections

Speaking after party leaders met President Karolos Papoulias on Sunday, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos told party members that he held out some hope that a new government would be formed but also warned them to prepare for new elections.

Venizelos devoted much of his speech to attacking the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and its leader Alexis Tsipras for refusing to accept a role on a unity government.

?Mr Tsipras told us that holding new elections would not be a disaster,? he said. ?The three parties (New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left) have a majority, you form a government and we will be the opposition party, he said,? added the PASOK leader.

?Despite the impasse during the meeting with the President of the Republic, I maintain some hope that a government can be formed,? Venizelos told party members. ?But despite that, we are preparing for new elections.?