Austerity vote narrowly passed


The Greek Parliament has voted in favour of a package of austerity measures aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy.

The Prime Minister, George Papandreou, had urged support for the measures, but there had been expectations that MPs from his own Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok), might vote against. However, in the end only one Pasok deputy voted against the package, which was narrowly passed by 155 votes to 138. This should ensure that Greece receives a further 12 billion Euros from the bail-out fund, although a further crucial vote takes place tomorrow to change the law and allow the measures to be implemented.

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