Step towards diaspora vote


The government edged closer towards finalizing its proposal to grant voting rights to diaspora Greeks on Thursday with sources indicating that it would likely secure a broad consensus on the initiative ahead of a vote next week. 

A cross-party parliamentary committee further discussed the proposal on Thursday as part of a broader proposal for constitutional review. Although there are reservations, in particular by leftist opposition SYRIZA, Interior Minister Panagiotis Theodorikakos indicated that the government has already made enough concessions. 

The diaspora initiative is to go before a vote next week along with other proposed amendments to the constitution including changes to the electoral system.