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live Democratic Left decides whether it will remain in the ruling coalition

21 June 2013 / 13:06:21  GRReporter
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Anastasia Balezdrova

The critical meeting of the parliamentary group of Democratic Left at which it will decide whether to continue to support the coalition government began at 11 am. It is taking place in an extremely tense atmosphere as the first signs of disagreement with the position of party leader Fotis Kouvelis during last night's third consecutive meeting of the leaders of the ruling coalition had become apparent in the early hours of the day.
 
It became clear a while ago that he had suggested the withdrawal from the cabinet of the four ministers and deputy ministers supported by the party, namely Minister of Administrative Reform Antonis Manitakis, Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis, Deputy Education Minister Theodoros Papatheodourou, Deputy Health Minister Fotini Skoupouli and several general secretaries in various departments.

According to sources from the party headquarters, the party is divided into three groups, the smallest being the one that supports Democratic Left’s remaining in the government coalition. The rest of the members are split between the withdrawal of confidence in the government and supporting it by a vote of confidence.

Party sources denied the information that had appeared in some media that the meeting was held in a very tense atmosphere. "The majority supports Fotis Kouvelis' proposal to withdraw our ministers and deputy ministers from the government. They themselves are determined to resign."

According to GRReporter’s sources, the debate is currently focused on determining the future relationship between the party and the government. In other words, if the Prime Minister could count on the votes of Democratic Left during the vote of the subsequent severe fiscal consolidation measures and especially of the cuts in the public sector.

To be continued

Tags: PoliticsDemocratic LeftFotis KouvelisTriple coalition
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