Greece’s Tsipras to call con­fi­dence vote

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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 right-wing de­fence 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’s In­de­pen­dent Greeks party had seven MPs, enough to get Tsipras’s ad­min­is­tra­tion past the thresh­old of 150 deputies in the 300-mem­ber par­lia­ment. Tsipras’s Syriza party has 145 seats and also the sup­port of one in­de­pen­dent law­maker.

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