Greek PM wins parliament backing for bailout reforms package
Updated: 2015-07-23 10:02
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes during a parliamentary session in Athens, Greece July 23, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
ATHENS- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced down a revolt by rebels in his leftists Syriza party to win parliament's backing on Thursday for a second package of reforms required to start talks on a financial rescue deal.
The bill - containing judicial and banking reforms - easily passed with the support of 230 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament thanks to the support of pro-euro opposition parties.
But 36 out of 149 deputies from his Syriza party voted against the overall bill or abstained - less than the rebellion by 39 deputies in last week's vote on an initial set of reforms.