ANEL Party Loses Parliamentary-Caucus Status



The Independent Greeks (ANEL) party lost its parliamentary-caucus status on Friday, following Panos Kammenos‘ decision to expel Thanassis Papachristopoulos from the party’s parliamentary group.

The decision effectively dissolved the parliamentary caucus of ANEL, since rules stipulate that a party needs to have at least five M.P.’s in parliament.

Papachristopoulos, who voted against party lines by supporting the Prespa Agreement earlier in January, resigned following Kammenos’ decision. His seat is expected to be taken by Terens Quick.

Quick has already expressed his support to the Tsipras’ government, as he still serves as Greece’s deputy Foreign Minister.

The ex-partners in the ruling coalition had a heated debate on Friday night during the discussion of FYROM’s accession into the NATO alliance.