KKE chief says party will vote for abo­li­tion of bonus

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Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) leader Dim­itris Kout­soum­bas clar­i­fied in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Satur­day that his party would vote for the scrap­ping of the 50-seat bonus for the elec­tion win­ner. KKE’s stance had been equiv­o­cal in the pre­vi­ous few days but the coali­tion’s de­ci­sion to cre­ate two sep­a­rate ar­ti­cles in the draft law for the abo­li­tion of the bonus and the main­te­nance of the 3 per­cent thresh­old for any party to en­ter Par­lia­ment, which the com­mu­nists op­posed, ap­pears to have cleared the way for Kout­soum­bas and his col­leagues to ap­prove the bill. The Com­mu­nist leader told Epen­disi news­pa­per that apart from vot­ing for the ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the bonus, his party would also sup­port the re­duc­tion of the vot­ing age from 18 to 17. De­spite the sup­port from KKE, the gov­ern­ment still does not look like get­ting the 200 votes it needs in Par­lia­ment to pass the changes to the elec­toral law with a su­per-ma­jor­ity that would mean the new sys­tem ap­plies straight away rather than af­ter the next gen­eral elec­tions. New Democ­racy, PASOK and To Po­tami, as well as three in­de­pen­dent MPs have said they will not vote for the pro­posed changes.

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