Greek PM Tsipras Seeks Alliances for Critical House Vote

maximos-mansionGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking alliances for the upcoming critical vote in parliament on security fund reforms and settlement of bad loans.

The prime minister wants to finish as soon as possible with the first bailout program review so that he can start negotiating with creditors on easing the Greek debt. He aims at passing the bill on security fund reforms in parliament by mid-January and bad loans settlement by mid-February.

At the same time, Tsipras is searching for alliances for the crucial ballot in parliament. Opposition parties are adamantly against supporting the government. The prime minister and his cabinet want the harsh measures on the ballot to be met with a wider acceptance than the 153 votes of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition. Tsipras said in parliament that any independent vote from opposition party MPs would be welcome.

State Minister Alekos Flambouraris spoke on television on Sunday and he expressed his confidence that the 153 coalition deputies will vote for the security fund reforms and the bad loans settlement measures.

Meanwhile, Tsipras has met with individual SYRIZA MPs to confirm that they will vote in favor of the upcoming bill, according to a Maximos Mansion source.