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Debate opens in Greek parliament ahead of confidence vote

Debate opens in Greek parliament ahead of confidence vote
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Greece’s Prime Minister, George Papandreou, has opened a three day debate which will culminate in a vote of confidence.

He appealed to parliament and his people to back the government and their unpopular austerity reforms to avoid what he called, “a violent bankruptcy.”

The cabinet wants to push the reforms through by the end of this month and with a 155 deputies in the 300-strong parliament the prime minister is expected to win the vote of confidence.

Right wing opposition leader, Antonis Samaras has however refused to back the government saying the measures will not solve Greece’s problems but make them worse.

The demonstrations in Athens have continued with workers at the state power company aiming to strike in protest at plans for it to be sold.

Papandreou has proposed a referendum in the autumn on reforms to change the electoral and political system.