Kathimerini: Tsipras mulls taking independent MPs into Syriza fold31 January 2019 | 08:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Syriza, with 145 of 300 deputies in its parliamentary group, is now a minority government and must find ad hoc majorities for every upcoming piece of legislation, although a certain core of independents now appear to be reliable allies. Taking them into the parliamentary group would impose the same obligation of party discipline and, if enough join, recreate a majority government that doesn't have to negotiate each time with smaller parties or free-range deputies. It would also ensure Syriza a majority in parliamentary committees.
The most obvious candidates to join Syriza's parliamentary group are the three officeholders: Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, Deputy Agriculture Minister Vassilis Kokkalis and Deputy Citizen's Protection Minister Katerina Papakosta.
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