Date
24 January 2017
By accepting tough austerity measures demanded by international creditors, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has angered opposition parties as well as some members of his ruling coalition. Photo: Bloomberg
By accepting tough austerity measures demanded by international creditors, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has angered opposition parties as well as some members of his ruling coalition. Photo: Bloomberg

Greek PM to face more opposition in any confidence vote

Greece’s socialist PASOK party joined the main opposition on Sunday in saying it won’t back Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras if he calls a confidence vote following a rebellion in the governing party over a new bailout deal, Reuters reported.

Tsipras had to rely on opposition groups including PASOK to win a parliamentary vote on Friday in favor of the nation’s new 86 billion euro bailout program.

But PASOK made clear that while it had backed the government over bailout for the sake of saving Greece from financial ruin, the support would not extend to any confidence vote in the coming weeks, the report said.

The party blamed Tsipras and Panos Kammenos, who leads the minority partner in the coalition government, for the fact that Greece had to take yet another bailout with tough austerity and reform conditions demanded by the eurozone and IMF.

“The government has signed the third and most onerous bailout. All the negative consequences for the country and its citizens bear the signatures of Mr Tsipras and Mr Kammenos,” the party was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We have no confidence in the Tsipras-Kammenos government and of course will not give it if we are asked.”

Greece’s main conservative opposition party, New Democracy, has also said it would not back the government, which won power in January on promises to reverse austerity policies.

Tsipras was forced to back down to secure the latest bailout deal, which was Greece’s third with international creditors since 2010.

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