Greece Moves Closer to Formal Announcement of Election Date

August 27, 2015 12:33 PM

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece came one step closer Thursday to an early election as the head of a breakaway left-wing party returned his mandate to form a government after failing to find willing coalition partners.

Former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who formed the new Popular Unity party last week after splitting from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' radical-left Syriza party, returned the mandate Thursday after exhausting the three-day time limit.

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