Tsipras Set to Win Confidence Vote After Centrist MP Breaks Ranks



The Greek parliament opens a confidence debate for the government of Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday, with the vote expected to occur on Wednesday night.

The prime minister announced that he would ask the parliament to renew its vote of confidence after the Independent Greeks (ANEL) Party announced that it was withdrawing from its coalition with SYRIZA on Sunday.

Political analysts point out that Tsipras can muster the 151 votes required, after opposition centrist lawmaker, Spyros Danellis, broke ranks with his To Potami party.

Spyros Danellis said he would support the government

Danellis was expelled from the party on Tuesday.

SYRIZA itself has 145 deputies in Parliament and can count on the positive votes of several other lawmakers.

Citizens Security Deputy Minister, Katerina Papacosta, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, and Agriculture Deputy Minister Vassilis Kokkalis, formerly members of the Independent Greeks party, have also said that they will vote for the government.

Two other Independent Greek Party deputies, Thanassis Papachristopoulos and Costas Zouraris, will also lend their support.