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Bill on overseas Greeks voting rights fails to achieve 2/3 majority

The vote held on Tuesday on the Interior ministry’s bill titled “Exercising of the right of voting, during general Parliamentary elections, by Greek voters staying abroad” failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority (200 deputies) anticipated by the Constitution.

Out of 267 deputies casting votes, 159 deputies of the ruling New Democracy (ND) party and of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party voted in favour of the bill, while 106 deputies of the main opposition PASOK party, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) voted against and two deputies, Grigoris Psarianos of SYRIZA and the independent Petros Tatoulis declared themselves “present.”

Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas said that due to the failure of two-thirds of the votes being achieved, the continuation of the discussion on the bill’s articles is meaningless.

Source: ANA-MPA

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