Chaotic Greek powersharing talks in 4th day

November 10, 2011 - 3:10 AM
APTOPIX Greece Financial Crisis

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou travels by car as he leaves the presidential palace after a meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias and various other political leaders in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Greece's critical power-sharing talks have hit a significant hurdle, with political leaders leaving a top-level meeting that had been expected to conclude three days of negotiations without naming a new prime minister to take over from George Papandreou. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's tortuous power-sharing talks enter a fourth day, with the country's president to host a meeting of party heads a day after negotiations disintegrated into chaos and political leaders failed to name a new interim premier.

Outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou and the head of the main opposition conservatives, Antonis Samaras, along with the leader of a small right-wing party, are to meet with the president Thursday.

The interim government will aim to safeguard a new European debt deal and ensure Greece receives the next installment of its existing bailout.

The latest setback in nearly two weeks of political turmoil came Wednesday night, just after Papandreou told the nation that Greece's political parties were joining together to save the country from rapidly approaching bankruptcy.