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Greek parliament approves foreclosure protection bill
A Greek national flag flutters atop the parliament building in Athens, Greece, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis   -   Copyright  ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS(Reuters)
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ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s parliament approved on Friday a bill extending the protection of borrowers from foreclosures on their primary homes after tense negotiations with its international creditors.

The new framework, part of measures to expedite a clean up of bank balance sheets, was approved by a majority of lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament. It replaces an older scheme which international lenders considered more generous.

Athens hopes that Friday’s approval will help the country qualify for the transfer of about 1 billion euros from its euro zone lenders- mainly from profits that euro zone central banks have made on their Greek bond portfolios.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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