Gov’t Receives Confidence Vote

Parliament held a vote of confidence in Greece’s new transition government on Wednesday afternoon, after a three-day debate of new prime minister Lucas Papademos’ policy statement. The government of Papademos received the constitutional confidence vote and will now govern the country for three months in the run up to elections in mid February.

Papademos presented his policy statement on Monday in parliament, after which a three-day debate began on the policy statement, which wrapped up a little while ago following a roll-call vote.

Main opposition New Democracy MP Panos Kammenos gave a  negative vote and was excluded from New Democracy’s Parliamentary Group, but not ousted from the New Democracy party.

The transitional government is backed by former ruling PASOK party, the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party.

Most of the former PASOK government ministers and deputy ministers have remained in their posts, including finance minister Evangelos Venizelos, while ND is participating with six members and LAOS with four.


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