Mitsotakis Government Wins Confidence Vote in Parliament



The Plenary of the Greek Parliament. Photo by twitter.com/PrimeministerGR

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis won a vote of confidence in Parliament on Monday night, two weeks after the national elections which were held on July 7.

Mitsotakis’ government received 158 votes from a total of 300 cast, allowing it to create the first one-party government in Greece since 2009.

The vote of confidence in the new conservative government was held by a roll-call vote at midnight, following the conclusion of a three-day presentation of the government’s policy platform.

Prior to the vote, there was a round of speeches by leaders of the parliamentary groups in reverse order relative to their party’s strength in parliament, culminating in a speech by the new prime minister.

The party leaders who spoke included the Secretary of the left-wing MeRa25 party, former Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis; the President of the extreme-right Greek Solution party, Kyriakos Velopoulos; Dimitris Koutsoumpas, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece; the President of the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) party Fofi Gennimata; and the leader of the main opposition, ex-Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Monday’s session began at 9:30 in the morning local time, with speeches by ministers and deputy ministers laying out their respective portfolios, along with those made by MPs from all the parties in Greece.

With information from AMNA