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Small leftist party supports Prespes deal, leader booted from socialist alliance

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Democratic Left (DIMAR), a small leftist party created as a result of a breakaway from SYRIZA back in 2010, has voted to approve the Prespes deal.

As a result, DIMAR leader Thanassis Theocharopoulos, the party's only deputy in the 300-member Parliament has been excluded from Change Movement (KINAL), a socialist party created from the fusion of the formerly dominant PASOK party with smaller center-left groupings.

“Mr Theocharopoulos's position serves Mr Tsipras and his designs and cannot be condoned,” KINAL said in a press statement.

KINAL also announced a special party congress for the end of March to complete the fusion process into a single party.

DIMAR's central committee approved the Prespes deal 27-22 with two blank ballots Sunday evening.

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou, a KINAL member, has also come out for the deal. Papandreou is not a deputy.

KINAL chief Fofi Gennimata's opposition to the deal against the wishes of KINAL's executive committee, led the centrist To Potami party to quit the movement last July.