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Greek party leaders seeking final deal on power sharing, to end weeks of uncertainty

Greek Presidential Guards march at the monument of the unknown soldier in front of the Parliament, in Athens, Tuesday, June 19 2012. Rival Greek party leaders were locked in a second day of power-sharing talks on Tuesday, with two potential minority partners voicing hope that a pro-bailout coalition government can be quickly formed after the debt-crippled country's second inconclusive election in six weeks. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

ATHENS, Greece - Hundreds of poverty-stricken Greeks are queuing for free vegetable handouts as politicians try to finalize a potential power-sharing deal that would end weeks of political uncertainty.

Leaders of three parties backing the debt-crippled country's bailout commitments will meet separately Wednesday to try and finalize a coalition agreement.

The conservative New Democracy came first in Sunday's national elections but without enough seats in Parliament to govern alone. They are in talks with the third-placed Socialists and the smaller Democratic Left party.

Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos says a government could be formed Wednesday.

Greece depends on international rescue loans, granted in exchange for austerity commitments.

Farmers, meanwhile, are distributing 2,000 10-kilo vegetable packages in a central Athens park, in co-operation with municipal authorities.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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