Change to ar­rears law passed amid coali­tion dis­sent

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Two coali­tion MPs yes­ter­day failed to support the amend­ment to the re­cent tax ar­rears law, which nonethe­less passed through Par­lia­ment, as a New Democ­racy law­maker an­nounced he was quit­ting the party.

The amend­ment, de­manded by the troika, means that any taxes which were not over­due be­fore Oc­to­ber 1 can­not be in­cluded in the mea­sure, which gives tax­pay­ers up to 100 in­stall­ments to pay off their debt.

A to­tal of 147 deputies voted in fa­vor of the change in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment, while 112 op­posed it. How­ever, two PA­SOK MPs, Apos­to­los Kak­la­ma­nis and Michalis Kassis only voted “present.” Their re­fusal to support the amend­ment was over­shad­owed by the decision of New Democ­racy par­lia­men­tar­ian An­dreas Psy­charis to quit pol­i­tics. Psy­charis, son of pub­lisher An­dreas Psy­charis, said that he was re­sign­ing be­cause he could “no longer serve a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that is un­able to co­op­er­ate even on ba­sic is­sues.”

Psy­charis said he would be quit­ting Par­lia­ment al­to­gether, mean­ing that his seat would go to the next can­di­date on New Democ­racy’s list, Alexan­dros Mo­raitakis. This means the gov­ern­ment’s par­lia­men­tary majority is un­af­fected.

Also yes­ter­day, Par­lia­ment ap­proved the gov­ern­ment’s leg­is­la­tion for deal­ing with cor­po­rate non­per­form­ing loans. A to­tal of 165 MPs voted in fa­vor, 83 against and 13 “present.”

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