To VIMA: Tsipras wins confidence vote, says government will complete term17 January 2019 | 00:36 | FOCUS News Agency
The government has won the confidence vote that it sought with an absolute majority of 151 votes (including Independent Greeks MPs and one former To Potami MP), but the upcoming ratification of the Greece-FYROM Prespa Accord and the shift in stance of To Potami party is what is now causing unrest in the PM’s office.
In his speech, Potami MP Yorgos Amyras in parliament declared “you will find the single vote needed in tonight’s confidence vote, but you willl not find 151 votes [to ratify] the Prespa Agreement” and that is believed to have signaled that his party is re-examining its initial support for the Prespa Agreement.
Consequently, the government is for political reasons seeking out back-up MPs from other parties to ratify the Prespa Agreement with an absolute majority, even though it can be approved with fewer votes than an absolute majority.
In the agreement, Greece has undertaken to ratify the accord promptly after FYROM’s parliament amends its Constitution, as it did.
Meanwhile Russia is trying to thwart the agreement, citing a 1993 UNSG resolution stating that the UN Security Council, of which it is a veto-wielding permanent member, will review any solution.
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