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SYRIZA files censure motion against Greek gov’t after ERT police raid

Main opposition party, left-wing SYRIZA filed a censure motion of no confidence against the coalition government of Samaras’ Nea Dimocratia and Venizelos’ PASOK just hours after riot police stormed the headquarters of shutdown ERT and removed the fired personnel.

The motion deals with two main issues: deadlock in economy and democracy. The censure motion was filed and submitted by the leader of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras himself.


In his speech in the Greek Parliament Alexis Tsipras, described the police raid at ERT as “maximum institutional diversion ” which “we are not conceived to accept.” Tsipras added that the responsibility is “heavy and historical”, that it falls on all parties and that each party should take its share.

Tsipras to Government on ERT and upcoming home evictions:

“You raided ERT in the middle of the night, so you will raid people’s homes also in the middle of the night, because that’s what the Troika wants.”

Alexis Tsipras also unleashed a fierce attack against the government’s economic policy.

“The path to economic destruction must stop here and now. We must stop the shrinkage and obsolescence of our Republic . We will prevent this path to hope in a better tomorrow.”

Nikos Vroutsis, the spokesman of SYRIZA parliamentary group, described the ERT raid as “a gesture of political destabilization and an unlawful act . ”

Vote of confidence

The debate in the parliament on the vote of no confidence will start tomorrow Friday at 12 o’ clock noon and will conclude on Sunday night. The voting will start at Midnight.

Would the censure motion of no confidence collect the majority of votes elections are inevitable.

However, it looks unlikely that SYRIZA will win the censure motion as Nea Dimokratia and PASOK have together 155 seats in a parliament of 300. Hardly any lawmaker from the coalition government is expected to vote in favor of the motion.

SYRIZA must have its political reasons for filing such a censure motion.

According to Greek parliament statute, no other motion can be filed against the government for a period of six months.

It is the first censure motion against the government since it won the elections in June 2012.

(sources: here and  here

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