Saturday 16 December 2017

Cyprus parliament rejects condition for bailout, talks continue

THE parliament of Cyprus has rejected legislation bringing its co-operative banks under the direct supervision of the central bank, a condition in a bailout programme the island agreed with international lenders.

A finance ministry source said negotiations were under way in parliament on Thursday night to broker a deal and that the legislature's approval on the matter was "crucial" to Cyprus receiving the next aid instalment of €1.5bn.

The vote, with a narrow majority of opposition parties and independent members of parliament, was a setback to plans to use the €1.5bn, a second tranche from international lenders, to boost the co-ops, which are small credit institutions.

Cyprus and lenders from the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission agreed on a €10bn euro bailout to the island in March.


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