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Syriza party politician quits Greek government over austerity reforms

Published 23/05/2016

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses politicians in Greece's parliament ahead of a Eurogroup meeting next week which is likely to unlock bailout funds for the country (AP)
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses politicians in Greece's parliament ahead of a Eurogroup meeting next week which is likely to unlock bailout funds for the country (AP)

A politician with Greece's governing Syriza party has resigned after rejecting parts of a new austerity package in a weekend vote.

However, the move does not affect the government's majority in parliament.

Vassiliki Katrivanou voted against elements of the painful new creditor-demanded cutbacks and reforms in Sunday's ballot in the 300-seat parliament.

But she did not reject the core of the draft legislation, which was thus approved with the backing of all 153 politicians in the Syriza-led coalition.

Ms Katrivanou resigned early on Monday, and will be replaced by another Syriza politician.

Following approval of the austerity Bill, the Greek government is hoping to win approval for a new batch of rescue loans from its European creditors on Tuesday.

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