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Greek government likely to survive confidence vote; early election still possible, new legislation to become more arduous

15 January 2019


On 15 January, the Greek parliament started debating a confidence motion initiated by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-leaning Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).

Tsipras announced he would seek a parliamentary confidence vote following the resignation of Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party (ANEL) - the junior partner in the SYRIZA-led coalition. Kammenos's resignation was triggered by the adoption in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia of constitutional amendments to change the country's name to 'Republic of North Macedonia', as stipulated in an intergovernmental agreement between Greece and FYR Macedonia established in June 2018.

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