Greek Prime Minister Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Macedonia accord

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday

|REUTERS|AIWA! NO!|Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday, clearing a serious hurdle for Greece’s approval of an accord to finish a dispute over Macedonia’s identify and averting the prospect of a snap election.

Tsipras referred to as the boldness movement after his right-wing coalition associate Panos Kammenos give up the federal government on January 13 in protest over the identify deal signed between Athens and Skopje final 12 months.

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Parliament gave Tsipras 151 votes, assembly the brink required within the 300-member meeting. His leftist Syriza get together has 145 seats in parliament whereas further help was gleaned by defectors of Kammenos’s ANEL get together and independents gave him six extra votes.

“I name upon you with hand on coronary heart to present a vote of confidence to the federal government which gave battle, which bled, however managed to haul the nation out of memorandums and surveillance,” Tsipras stated, referring to Greece’s worldwide lenders who saved the nation on a good leash for years.

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Greek opponents of the settlement say Macedonia’s new identify — the Republic of North Macedonia, reached after a long time of dispute between Athens and Skopje, represents an try to applicable Greek identification.

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Macedonia is the identify of Greece’s largest northern area.

The deal was signed between the 2 international locations in mid-2018, contingent on ratification of parliaments in each international locations and a crucial step for the tiny Balkan state to be thought-about for European Union and NATO membership.

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