Tsipras halts bid to help smaller parties amid opposition criticism

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: New Democracy, Parliament, SYRIZA, Tsipras

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras instructed parliamentary speaker Nikos Voutsis (also a SYRIZA MP) not to proceed with any changes to parliamentary rules that would impact on the privileges available to elected parties that are no longer able to muster a parliamentary group (minimum five lawmakers).

The government indicated last week that it would be in favour of a rule change to benefit parties like To Potami and Independent Greeks (ANEL). The former has been left with just four MPs after recent defections, while ANEL has six. The proposal prompte...

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