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Greek Parliament approved the reform bill

Greek Parliament approved the reform bill

The Greek Parliament, by a vote of 152 to 135, in the early morning hours of March 31 approved a critical reform bill.

The finance ministry's omnibus bill was passed by Parliament in a roll-call vote shortly after midnight on Sunday, with slim margins of just two votes for article 1 and by one single vote for article 2.

The first article, containing the so-called Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) toolkit and the controversial measures for milk was passed with 152 votes in favour, 135 against and one abstention (with ND MP Nikitas Kaklamanis voting 'present').
According to ANA/MPA The second article, containing measures relating to banks and the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) strongly criticised by main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA), was passed with 151 votes in favour, 136 votes against and one abstention. Among those voting against were former prime minister and PASOK MP George Papandreou, while PASOK MP and former Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis abstained by voting 'present'.

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