Greece's Democratic Left party said Friday that it
was leaving the ruling three-party coalition, but the threat of new
elections was averted as the two remaining parties have a majority in
Public Administration Minister Antonis Manitakis said at the end of an emergency meeting that he would hand in his resignation after his party's decision.
The New Democracy party and the socialist PASOK party now have a slim majority of 153 seats in the 300-member Parliament.
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