The debate on the Prespes Agreement began in Greek Parliament on Wednesday, with New Democracy pondering whether to delay the procedure by submitting a censure motion.
Parliament is due to vote on the Prespes Agreement on Thursday amid an increasingly fraught political environment that is putting huge pressure on Greece’s smaller parties.
The imminent vote on the Prespes Agreement and the disturbances that overshadowed Sunday’s rally against the name deal have ratcheted up political tension in Greece.
Alexis Tsipras appears to be on course to secure a clear majority in Parliament for the Prespes Agreement as at least some MPs from centrist To Potami are poised to vote in favour of the deal.
Alexis Tsipras clinched the 151 votes he was looking for in the confidence vote held in Greek Parliament late on Wednesday and now faces the challenge of repeating the trick in the upcoming vote on the Macedonia name deal.
Athens is expecting this week to receive a note verbale from the government in Skopje with which the latter will officially announce that it has successfully completed its obligations deriving from the provisions of the Prespes Agreement, which was signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, last June.
Alexis Tsipras appeared to have secured the 151 votes he needs to get a clear majority in the confidence vote due to take place in Greek Parliament on Wednesday night.
The political landscape ahead of the confidence vote, likely late on Wednesday, is becoming clearer as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras edges closer to securing the 151 votes he wants without any guarantees that he will achieve his goal.
The leader of junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL), Panos Kammenos, announced on Sunday that he is resigning from the government and will not support SYRIZA in a vote of confidence, which is due to take place in the coming days.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Athens has largely been overshadowed by growing speculation about whether Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government is on the brink of collapse.