The Latest: Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the confidence vote in Greece (all times local):
Greece’s left-wing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament days after the governing coalition collapsed.
Tsipras received the minimum 151 votes in Greece’s 300-seat legislature for his government to survive. His term ends in October.
The defense minister in Tsipras’ government who leads a small nationalist party, Panos Kammenos, quit the coalition last weekend over a proposed agreement with neighboring Macedonia. The deal calls for the young country to be renamed North Macedonia in exchange for Greece no longer blocking its path to NATO membership.
Greek lawmakers are gearing up for a confidence vote in the left-wing government, which lost its parliamentary majority after its coalition partner walked out to protest a deal to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to narrowly survive the ballot at midnight Wednesday, backed by independent lawmakers and deputies from his former coalition partner who proposed to defy their party’s line.
Tsipras has strongly defended his efforts to end a 27-year dispute with Macedonia over the country’s name — which Greece says implies claims on its own province of Macedonia and on Greek cultural heritage.
Under the agreement, which Macedonia has already ratified, the country will be renamed North Macedonia, and Greece will lift its objections to the country joining NATO and the European Union.