Greek vote raises fears of early elec­tion

Shanghai Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

GREEK Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras yes­ter­day said he would call a con­fi­dence vote in his gov­ern­ment after his coali­tion ally quit, leav­ing him bereft of a par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity and rais­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of snap elec­tions.

Ear­lier, Greece’s de­fense min­is­ter re­signed in protest at a deal end­ing a long run­ning dis­pute with Mace­do­nia over its name, say­ing he was tak­ing his other six min­is­ters in Cab­i­net with him.

Panos Kam­menos’ In­de­pen­dent Greeks party had seven MPs, enough to get Tsipras’ ad­min­is­tra­tion past the thresh­old of 150 deputies in the 300-mem­ber par­lia­ment.

Tsipras’ Syriza party has 145 seats and also the sup­port of one in­de­pen­dent law­maker.

“I have taken my de­ci­sion and have in­formed the pres­i­dent of par­lia­ment that we will im­me­di­ately move to the process out­lined by the con­sti­tu­tion for the re­newal of the con­fi­dence in my gov­ern­ment,” Tsipras told jour­nal­ists.

The vote is ex­pected later this week. Kam­menos said he would not sup­port Tsipras in the vote.


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