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Tags: EU | Greece | Confidence Vote | The Latest

The Latest: Greek Government Survives Confidence Vote

The Latest: Greek Government Survives Confidence Vote

Friday, 10 May 2019 03:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on a government confidence vote in Greece (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

Greece's left-wing government has survived a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nearly two weeks before the European Parliament elections.  

Tsipras' government won the vote 153-136 late Friday following a heated three-day debate in parliament. His Syriza party has 145 seats in the 300-member assembly, but he also received support from eight independent lawmakers.

The prime minister turned a parliamentary censure motion against a junior minister into a test of his entire administration.

Political parties have been campaigning heavily in recent weeks ahead of the European Union parliament elections on May 26, and concurrent two-round local government elections on May 26 and June 2. 

Syriza is trailing conservative rivals in opinion polls.

1:20 p.m.

Greek lawmakers are holding a vote of confidence in the left-wing government, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras turned a censure motion against a junior minister into a test of his entire administration.

Tsipras is expected to win the ballot late Friday. His Syriza party has 145 seats in the 300-member parliament, but he's also counting on the support of independent lawmakers.

The vote follows a motion by main opposition, the conservative New Democracy party, against a deputy health minister over his disparaging remarks about one of its politicians who uses a wheelchair.

Tsipras backed his deputy minister, who has also sparked controversy by flouting laws against smoking in closed public areas, and requested a confidence vote.

Tsipras is trailing ND in opinion polls, and faces national elections in October.

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The Latest on a government confidence vote in Greece (all times local):9:35 p.m.Greece's left-wing government has survived a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nearly two weeks before the European Parliament elections.  Tsipras' government won the vote...
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