Greek Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos has rejected joining a coalition led by a leftist party opposed to an international bailout.
However, said he would continue efforts to form a government when he receives a mandate from the country's president.
After meeting with Left Coalition leader Alexis Tsipras, Venizelos said:
Greece's leader of the Left Coalition party Alexis Tsipras has ruled out entering a coalition with the conservative New Democracy party, and said he would try to form a government with other leftist parties.
Speaking after talks with New Democracy leader Antonis Samaris, Tsipras said:
Greece's general election has turned the spotlight on a new political figure.
The 37-year-old leader of the Left Coalition party, Alexis Tsipras, had 15.8% with almost 40% of the vote counted, beating the socialist PASOK into second place so far.
Tsipras ran on an anti-austerity ticket arguing that the bailout or bust ultimatum thrown down by mainstream parties was a scare tactic to force people to accept cuts.