Vexed SYRIZA abstains from vote on election bans

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Far Right, Migration, Mitsotakis, New Democracy, Parliament, PASOK-KINAL, SYRIZA, Tsipras
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

The Greek Parliament voted, amid some acrimony, late on Wednesday night to allow the Supreme Court to ban parties that are led by convicted criminals and which represent a threat to democracy from taking part in the country’s elections.

The amendment was brought to the House with the far-right Ellines (Greeks) party, led by former Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, in mind. A couple of recent opinion polls suggested that support for the extremist grouping in the upcoming election could s...

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