Antonis Samaras throws out dissenter
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has expelled New Democracy Member of Parliament Nikos Stavrogiannis from the parliamentary party and has requested his expulsion from the party for talking against austerity measures.
The MP in an interview with newspaper Real News said that he could not ‘in all conscience’ vote for measures which would hurt the poorest families.
Prime Minister Samaras currently has to balance a coalition government which includes his right wing New Democracy Party (ND) with the former government party of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and the Democratic Left. He is also trying to finalise the latest austerity measures in order to receive the next tranche of bailout money from the so called ‘troika’.
Currently the coalition has 177 deputies in the 300 seat parliament. If the government is to avoid being defeated in the vote for the next round of austerity measures then it will have to stamp out such dissension within its ranks very rapidly.