Greek parliament to hold confidence vote on Wednesday

The Greek parliament will open a confidence debate on the government on Tuesday, with the vote expected on Wednesday night, a parliamentary official told Reuters. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called the confidence vote following the resignation of coalition partner Panos Kammenos and his Independent Greeks party on Sunday over a deal to end a decades-long dispute between Athens and Skopje over Macedonia’s name.

Tsipras’s Syriza party has 145 seats in the 300-seat parliament and the support of one independent lawmaker. The prime minister needs the support of at least five more deputies to win a confidence vote. On Monday, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and another lawmaker from the Independent Greeks party said they would support Tsipras during the vote. Kammenos expelled both of them from his parliamentary group.

Tsipras hopes to bring the Macedonia name deal to parliament after the confidence vote, if he wins it, and to complete planned reforms before the next election. His current mandate ends in October.

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