Greek conservative pledges wide government in case of victory

Vangelis Meimarakis, temporary leader of the New Democracy conservatives, gives a speech during the party's main pre-election rally in central Athens on September 17, 2015Greek conservative leader Vangelis Meimarakis wound up his election campaign Thursday offering to set up a wide-ranging “national team” government should he win the vote on Sunday. “My choice is to form a national team with all those who wish to take part,” the New Democracy party leader told a crowd of several thousand supporters massed on an Athens square at nightfall. Polls Thursday predicted a slim lead for his rival, the radical-left Syriza party led by former premier Alexis Tsipras, but with neither party strong enough to form a government outright after the September 20 ballot.

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