Con­fi­dence vote looms after ally quits coali­tion

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

Ear­lier, right-wing De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos re­signed in protest of a deal end­ing a long-run­ning dis­pute with Mace­do­nia over its name, say­ing he was tak­ing six other min­is­ters along.

The cri­sis left the fate of a 2018 deal chang­ing the name of Mace­do­nia to North Mace­do­nia in limbo. Greek par­lia­men­tary en­dorse­ment of the name is re­quired for the tiny Balkan na­tion to join the Euro­pean Union and NATO. Mace­do­nia’s par­lia­ment has rat­i­fied the ac­cord.

Greece has a prov­ince called Mace­do­nia and long de­manded that Skopje change its coun­try name to re­move what Athens con­sid­ered an im­plied claim to Greek sov­er­eign ter­ri­tory.

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