Greek government gears up for crucial prior action vote

The Greek Prime Minister is feeling the political weight on his shoulders ahead of Wednesday’s vote of prior actions in parliament where he stands to lose more rebel Syriza MPs.

Parliament will vote on a series of measures including justice and banking reforms. However, the government removed changes in early retirement and tax hikes on farmers from the bill in order to fight off a Syriza rebellion and ensure the votes of the opposition parties.

The prior actions agreed between Greece and its creditors comprise changes to VAT, the pension issue, establishing the full independence of the statistics agency and adopting measures to boost governance. All those measures were voted through Parliament last week with the exception of pensions which has been postponed following an agreement with creditors.

A code of civil procedure, aimed at speeding up court cases, and the adoption of European legislation to bolster banks will go to a vote on Wednesday.

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(Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras photo: EC Audiovisual Service)