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Government withdrawing proposal for bank rescue fund members to be immune from prosecution

The government is reportedly withdrawing two controversial provisions in the multi-bill of reforms due to be voted on by MPs in two days’ time.

According to reports, the amendment allowing Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to travel with the prime minister’s jet will be removed from the draft bill.

Also, the government will be withdrawing a provision giving officials and employees at the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, which is overseeing the recapitalization of Greek banks, immunity from criminal and civil prosecution.

This proposal drew opposition from both New Democracy and PASOK MPs. “Withdraw it or change it,” said PASOK MP Odysseas Kyriakopoulos, who is also the party’s spokesman, said on Friday.

New Democracy and PASOK have 155 MPs, giving the government a narrow majority in Parliament.