Greek government wins confidence vote
Demetris Nellas - The Associated Press
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras applauds at the Parliament after winning a vote of confidence in Athens, late Sunday July 8, 2012. The new three-party coalition government has won a vote of confidence in the Greek Parliament early Monday. All 179 deputies of the three parties supporting the government - conservative New Democracy, the socialist PASOK and the moderate leftist Democratic Left - have voted in favor.
There were no surprises in the vote. All 179 deputies of the three parties supporting the government — conservative New Democracy, the socialist PASOK and the moderate leftist Democratic Left — voted in favor. Voting against were the 121 deputies of the Radical Left Coalition (Syriza), the nationalist right Independent Greeks, the extreme right Golden Dawn and the Communist Party.
In his concluding speech just before the vote, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that, despite their diverse political backgrounds, the three coalition partners have a unity of purpose — to keep the country in the Eurozone and out of its deepest and longest recession, now in its fifth year.
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