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Dramatic debates in parliament on new measures

06 May 2010 / 15:05:55  GRReporter
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Today in the afternoon the Greek Parliament passed the stringent package of financial measures included in the agreement between the Greek Government with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission in return for which Greece will receive assistance of €110 billion. The Government’s proposal is backed by MPs from the ruling party PASOK and the extreme nationalists LAOS. This voting needs simple majority, which the government will collect without a problem.

Against the package of tough financial measures are the MPs from Coalition of the radical Left SIRIZA and the Communist Party of Greece, who requested the package to be accepted after a qualified majority of 180 MPs from the 300-seat Greek Parliament. The proposal of the leftist caused violent reaction from other MPs, and ultimately it was rejected.

The right-wing New Democracy Party decided to vote against the package agreed upon with the IMF and from it set apart 14 texts from it, which the party will support. Among them are the luxury increased tax, the increase in excise duties on alcohol and cigarettes, and the measures to support disadvantaged individuals. Former Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis sharply distinguished herself from the decision of the party leadership and stated that she will vote in favour of the package.

Tags: Greece Athens reforms measures IMF Dora Bakoyannis parliament
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