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Greek coalition faces confidence vote

Greek coalition faces confidence vote
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The Greek government looks set to win a confidence vote on Wednesday – the first test for the new crisis coalition. But the immediate outlook for Greek people remains tough.

While the government begins talks with world banks to reduce part of the country’s debt, Lucas Papademos should at least benefit from a comfortable majority in parliament. The coalition formed last week contains both main parties, the socialists and the conservatives, as well as the far right.

The new prime minister has called for unity. But uncertainties remain. The conservative leader of New Democracy is still asserting his independence.

“If there is something that we all agree upon of course we will vote in favour of it, but let it be clear that we will not vote for something that we disagree with,” declared Antonis Samaras during the confidence debate.

Beyond lies the spectre of yet more austerity to rescue the country’s finances and keep Greece in the euro zone.

Electricity workers became the latest to demonstrate their opposition, cutting the power supply from the health ministry in Athens for several hours.

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