ATHENS — Ailing Premier Andreas Papandreou today failed to gain Communist support in forming a coalition government that would lead Greece out of a nine-day political deadlock.
Negotiations between the premier's Panhellenic Socialist Movement and the Communist-led Coalition of the Left and Progress ended at noon without an agreement.
Papandreou, who met with the Communists for an hour, was forced to appoint a representative to negotiate on his behalf. The 70-year-old premier was admitted to General State Hospital on Thursday with pneumonia he contracted eight months after undergoing heart surgery.
Papandreou is heading a caretaker government because no party received a majority in elections on June 18 to the 300-seat Parliament.