Greek MPs Banned From Owning Offshore Companies



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Greek Parliament held a vote on the amendment to a recently passed omnibus bill that allowed politicians to own shares in firms based abroad. The blanket ban on any form of ownership by MPs in offshore companies was passed with 190 votes in favor on Wednesday.

The Greek ruling Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party and its junior coalition partner, right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL), voted in favor of the amendment. Others who voted in favor of the law were the leftist Democratic Coalition, centrist Potami, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the ultranationalist Golden Dawn (GD) parties. The seven deputies of the Union of Centrists abstained from the vote, whereas the MPs of the main opposition conservative New Democracy (ND) walked out of the debate.

Following the walkout , 197 MPs voted for the amendment following heated debate.