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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wins confidence vote

16 Jan 2019 euronews

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his government survived a confidence vote on Wednesday. It now paves the way for parliament to ratify an accord he agreed last year with neighbouring country FYR Macedonia (FYROM), to end a long dispute over Macedonia's name.

Tsipras clinched the support of 151 lawmakers in the 300 seat parliament, meeting the threshold he had set to avoid calling an early election.

The Prime Minister said the win was a vote in favour of stability. Tsipras told journalists: "Today the Greek parliament gave a vote of confidence in stability.. We received a vote of confidence with our only concern to continue to address the needs and interests of the Greek people."

Tsipras called the confidence vote on Sunday after his right-wing coalition partner Panos Kammenos resigned in protest over the accord.

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