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Greece vows anti-poverty cash boost

Greece's new left-wing government is promising to spend 200 million euro this year on assistance programmes for people pushed into "extreme poverty" by the financial crisis.

In its first bill to parliament today, the government said it would spend the money on programs to distribute food stamps and provide housing and energy bill assistance.

Greece is struggling to emerge from a six-year recession that saw a dramatic rise in unemployment and poverty, following drastic spending cuts in exchange for bailout loans.

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party has seen its popularity rise since winning January elections, despite being forced to extend its bailout agreements.

According to an opinion poll for private Star television today, support for Syriza has risen to 41.3% from 36.3% in the election.

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