Tsipras narrowly wins confidence vote

The ballot now paves the way for the Parliament to ratify the Prespes deal which almost shutdown the government

Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly survived the confidence vote on Wednesday night days after his governing coalition collapsed due to the resignation of his coalition partner and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. Tsipras won the ballot with the support of 151 lawmakers in the 300 seat parliament, backed by his own Syriza party, independent lawmakers and dissenting deputies from his former ally party - Independent Greeks.

As Europost reminds, Greek MPs gathered up Wednesday night for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority on Sunday after IGP walked out to protest the deal that Tsipras agreed last year with Skopje to end a long dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

Under the so-called Prespes agreement, which Macedonia has already ratified this week, the country will be renamed North Macedonia in exchange of Greece lifting its decades-long objections to its joining NATO and the EU. Hardliners in both countries claim it concedes too much to the other side, but Tsipras has strongly defended his efforts to end a 27-year dispute with Macedonia over that country's name, which Greece says implies claims on its own province of Macedonia and on Greek cultural heritage.

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