Government Secures Vote of Confidence with 162 'Yea' Votes
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
The Greek government received a vote of confidence from Parliament in the early hours of Wednesday morning, in a roll-call vote held after a three-day debate unveiling its policy statements. The 162 votes in favour came exclusively from the two parties supporting the ruling coalition, with 149 from SYRIZA's bloc and 13 from the Independent Greeks (ANEL).
A total of 299 MPs took part in the vote, which started just before 1:00 on Wednesday after a speech delivered by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
All 137 MPs in the opposition (New Democracy, Golden Dawn, Potami, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and PASOK) voted against the government's policy statements, with the exception of GD lead Nikos Michaloliakos who was absent.