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The World : Papandreou Survives No-Confidence Vote

The Greek Socialist government of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou survived a no-confidence motion by the opposition New Democracy party aimed at toppling the Socialists because of a series of scandals. The Socialists secured an absolute majority of 155 votes in the 300-seat Parliament. Three prominent Socialist members, including former Justice Minister George Manghakis and former Education Minister Antonis Tritsis, abstained. They were the latest Socialists to break ranks with the government over a series of financial and personal scandals involving alleged embezzlement and payoffs that has embroiled Papandreou, 70.


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