MPs re­called for vote but pro­ce­dure not clear

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras asked yesterday for Par­lia­ment to be re­called so MPs can ap­prove the terms of Greece’s third bailout to­mor­row but the process by which this will hap­pen re­mained un­clear last night.

Tsipras wrote to House Speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou to ask for law­mak­ers to be called back from their hol­i­days but the SYRIZA MP ap­peared un­will­ing to co­op­er­ate promptly. In­stead, she in­di­cated that a meet­ing with deputy speak­ers to de­cide the sched­ule for the ple­nary ses­sion would not take place un­til 9.30 p.m. to­day.

The gov­ern­ment wants Par­lia­ment to ap­prove the agree­ment by to­mor­row night so it can be dis­cussed at a Eurogroup meet­ing on Fri­day and ap­proved by other eu­ro­zone par­lia­ments in time for the Au­gust 20 pay­ment of 3.2 bil­lion eu­ros due to the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank.

Be­fore the ple­nary can con­vene, the agree­ment has to be as­sessed at com­mit­tee level. It was not clear last night if the com­mit­tees will be able to meet to­day or whether they will con­vene to­mor­row morn­ing, fol­lowed by a ple­nary de­bate and vote later.

The leader of SYRIZA’s Left Plat­form, Panayi­o­tis Lafaza­nis, re­peated his in­ten­tion to op­pose the bailout and sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment is break­ing par­lia­men­tary rules by re­call­ing MPs for the vote.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.