Greek Parliament Debates Vote of Confidence Motion

greek-parliament1The Greek parliament has started a three-day debate on a vote of confidence motion proposed by the government in a bid to rally the support of its own legislators.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras‘ conservative-led coalition, which is halfway through its four-year term, is expected to win the vote late Friday. However, it may eventually have to accept the opposition’s call for early elections because of its narrow majority.

The governing conservatives are trailing in opinion polls behind the opposition SYRIZA party, which wants recession-plagued Greece to renegotiate the terms of its 240-billion-euro ($302.5 billion) bailout agreements with the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Inspectors from the European Union and the IMF are currently reviewing their bailout program.

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