Greek MPs to vote on party funding

Greek lawmakers are due on Tuesday to vote on a bill that aims to halt state funding for parties whose leaders or MPs are charged with serious crimes.

Greece’s conservative-led government and leftist opposition SYRIZA have reached a common position, with the leftist party confirming last week that it will vote in favor of the bill, which has been drafted by Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis after extensive consultation with the Parliament’s opposition parties.

Last week MPs voted by an overwhelming majority to lift the immunity of six Golden Dawn MPs, opening the way for a broadening of a criminal investigation into the ultra-right party, which is the real target of the bill being voted on on Tuesday.

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