Greek PM calls for trust vote as min­is­ter quits over Mace­do­nia

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

athens — Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tspi­ras on Sun­day called for an ‘im­me­di­ate’ con­fi­dence vote in par­lia­ment over the res­ig­na­tion of a top min­is­ter, after his coali­tion gov­ern­ment col­lapsed in a row over a name change deal with Mace­do­nia.

The move raises the pos­si­bil­ity of snap elec­tions and came after De­fence Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos re­signed in protest over an agree­ment to end the 27-year Mace­do­nia name dis­pute.

“We will pro­ceed im­me­di­ately to the re­newal of the con­fi­dence in our gov­ern­ment by the par­lia­ment in or­der to pro­ceed with the ma­jor is­sues for our coun­try,” Tspi­ras said.

Par­lia­ment speaker Nikos Vout­sis suggested a de­bate on the con­fi­dence mo­tion could start on Tues­day, with a vote on Wed­nes­day night.

Tsipras’ left­ist party Syriza has 145 deputies in the 300-mem­ber Greek Par­lia­ment but could win the con­fi­dence vote with just 120 votes if enough law­mak­ers ab­stain.

Kam­menos, who is head of the na­tion­al­ist In­de­pen­dent Greeks party (ANEL) which has seven MPs, said he was “sac­ri­fic­ing” his post over the Mace­do­nia name is­sue. —

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