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Sunday 21 July 2019

Greece’s prime minister survives no-confidence vote

Alexis Tsipras survived after his defence minister quit over a deal with neighbouring Macedonia.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (Petros Giannakouris/AP)
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Greece’s left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed.

Mr Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece’s 300-seat legislature for his government to survive.

His term ends in October.

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Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, centre, claps hands with other members of the government after the announcement of the confidence vote results (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

The defence minister in Mr Tsipras’ government who leads a small nationalist party, Panos Kammenos, quit the coalition last weekend over a proposed agreement with neighbouring Macedonia.

The deal calls for the young country to be renamed North Macedonia in exchange for Greece no longer blocking its path to Nato membership.

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