Greece’s coalition government majority takes fresh hit

Greece’s coalition government survived two crucial votes in parliament on Sunday as it now turns its attention to all-important talks with its lenders.

MPs passed a unified property tax and a partial lifting of restrictions on home foreclosures.

However, New Democracy suffered an ousting of a member of its parliamentary group in the process as MP Vyron Polydoras – a former minister of the Karamanlis government – was axed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for not supporting the legislation.

The coalition’s majority has been reduced to just three seats as it has 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat Parliament. Conservative New Democracy has 126 deputies and Socialist PASOK 27.

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(Photo: Hellenic Parliament/ Aliki Eleftheriou)