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Greek coalition gov't wins confidence vote

(Xinhua)

09:26, November 17, 2011

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos delivers a speech during a parliament's meeting in Athens, Greece, Nov. 16, 2011. The Greek interim coalition government led by new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos won easily on Wednesday afternoon a confidence vote in the parliament. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

ATHENS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Greek interim coalition government led by new Prime Minister Lucas Papademos won easily on Wednesday afternoon a confidence vote in the parliament.

The outcome clears the way for the parliamentary ratification of the Oct. 26 eurozone agreement on fresh bailout package for Greece in coming weeks to counter an acute debt crisis that threatens the country with default as early as December and the entire eurozone with instability.

With 293 lawmakers of the 300-member strong parliament present, 255 supported the coalition administration of the former European Central Bank Vice-President in the roll-call vote, while 38 voted against.

Papademos' government was supported by the majority of deputies of the three parties that joined the coalition -- the socialist PASOK party of former Prime Minister George Papandreou, the conservative New Democracy (ND) party and the right Popular Orthodox Rally party (LAOS).

Two PASOK deputies and one ND lawmaker voted against, objecting LAOS' participation in the interim government and the austerity and reform economic policies promoted to exit the crisis.

The interim government was sworn in last week to put an end to a two-week political turmoil and lead Greece to early national elections in February.

 
 
 
 
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