Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Papandreou Wins Confidence Vote

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a vote of confidence, bolstering his new government's chances of pushing through austerity measures to secure further international financial aid for the country.

A total of 155 lawmakers supported the motion in the 300- seat parliament in Athens early this morning, with 143 voting against, the speaker, Filippos Petsalnikos, said. Papandreou reshuffled his Cabinet and sought the approval of the chamber after fending off a revolt within his socialist Pasok party last week. After the vote, police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of citizens protesting planned budget cuts.

"If we give up in the middle of the road, history will judge us harshly," Papandreou said as he wound up the debate in the legislature. "The impression the political class in this country gives is that it hasn't understood the seriousness of the crisis."

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