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Greek PM Opens Talks On Unity Government

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is under pressure from members of his own party
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has opened talks with Greece's president on forming an emergency government aimed at pulling the country out of its economic crisis.

Papandreou told reporters as he arrived for the meeting with President Carolos Papoulias that "I will do all I can do to form a government of wide consensus."

The meeting comes after the government early on November 5 narrowly survived a confidence vote in parliament that was called amid dissatisfaction over the prime minister's handling of Greece's crippling debt crisis.

Papandreou's government received 153 votes of support in the 300-seat parliament.

In an address to parliament before the vote, Papandreou called for the formation of a new coalition government to approve the 130 billion euro ($180 billion) international bailout deal that Greece urgently needs to avoid bankruptcy.

The deal, which contains strict austerity measures, is hugely unpopular among Greeks.
compiled from agency reports