Greek government survives trust vote

June 22nd, 2011 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Athens, June 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Greek government led by Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a confidence vote in parliament early Wednesday.

The 300-seat legislature supported the embattled cabinet by a 155-143 vote with two abstentions.

Greece is preparing to implement a tough austerity programme in exchange for a bailout package from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Papandreou reshuffled his cabinet last week, replacing in particular the finance, foreign, defence and interior ministers, after which he demanded a confidence vote.

Unless Greece passes the unpopular five-year reform package by the end of June, it will not receive a 12-billion-euros ($17 billion) tranche from the original 110-billion-euro (over $158 billion) aid package designed to save the country from default.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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