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WATCH G-PAP LIVE - Greece Austerity Vote Of Confidence - UPDATE - G-Pap Wins Confidence Vote 155-145

Al Jazeera is running a live translation into English.  Click screenshot to watch live.

If you grow bored, the Max Keiser clip from Syntagma Square is much more entertaining.


5:50 pm - Yes - 78  No - 71

5:52 pm - Yes - 79  No - 78

5:54 pm - Yes - 84  No - 81

5:55 pm - Yes - 104  No - 81

6:00 pm - Yes - 155  No - 145

Papandreou survives vote of confidence which clears the way for austerity passage likely next month.  More inside from Reuters.


Greece's embattled government on Wednesday survived a confidence vote crucial to avoiding a sovereign default, as thousands of protesters chanted insults outside parliament.

The assembly voted confidence in the government, reshuffled by Prime Minister George Papandreou to stiffen resolve behind a painful new austerity program, by 155 votes to 143 with two abstentions. All Papandreou's Socialist Party deputies voted solidly with the government.

"If we are afraid, if we throw away this opportunity, then history will judge us very harshly," Papandreou said in a final appeal for support before the vote.

The closely watched vote had an immediate impact with the euro making gains, although traders said continuing concerns about implementation of the measures contained the currency's advance.

Protesters besieged parliament in Syntagma square, chanting slogans against the politicians, shining hundreds of green laser lights at the building and into the eyes of riot police outside and pushing their hands forward in a traditional insult. 

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Reader Comments (2)

"This Is Not A Program to Salvage the [Greek] Economy, It's a Program for Pillage Before Bankruptcy"

Jun 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Never forget that Papandreou himself is one of the Rothschild tribe according to reports.
More than just their representative in Greece.
Its time for lamp posts to be put to better use.
Jun 22, 2011 at 3:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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