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Tags: EU | Greece | Confidence Vote

Greece's Tsipras Faces Confidence Vote after Backing Ally

Greece's Tsipras Faces Confidence Vote after Backing Ally

Friday, 10 May 2019 06:38 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 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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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...
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