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Greek government secures votes to pass public sector layoffs bill
July 17, 2013 / 9:33 PM / 4 years ago

Greek government secures votes to pass public sector layoffs bill

Lawmakers congratulate Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (C) and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras (L) after a parliament vote on a series of reforms that must be passed before the European Union and International Monetary Fund can disburse more financial aid, in Athens July 18, 2013.John Kolesidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's government secured enough parliamentary votes to pass a public sector reform bill early on Thursday that allows for thousands of job cuts, clearing the way for the disbursement of the country's next tranche of bailout aid.

A majority of deputies in the 300-seat parliament voted in favour of the most contentious bits of the bill, including plans for a public sector transfer and layoff scheme.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou, Angeliki Koutantou, George Georgiopoulos and Deepa Babington

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