SYRIZA calls for vote of no confidence in Greek government

The head of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, submitted a censure motion to Parliament on Thursday, responding to a police raid on the headquarters of the defunct broadcaster, ERT, paving the way for a no confidence vote in the government.

The three-day debate will start on Friday at noon and conclude at midnight on Sunday with the vote.

Speaking in Parliament, Tsipras said the government had “no popular mandate” for its policies.

Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is overseeing a civil service overhaul, accepted Tsipras’ motion, saying it would give the government an opportunity to prove that its parliamentary majority is strong. The new Democracy-PASOK coalition has 155 deputies in the 300-seat House.

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