August 14, 2015 / 7:49 AM / 4 years ago

Greek main opposition says will not back PM in confidence vote

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s conservative opposition New Democracy party will not back the government in a vote of confidence the prime minister is expected to call after Aug. 20, a senior party lawmaker said on Friday.

“New Democracy giving the government a vote of confidence? There is no chance of that,” lawmaker Makis Voridis said after parliament passed Greece’s latest bailout bill.

A senior New Democracy official confirmed the party did not intend to vote in favour of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government if a confidence vote was called.

Reporting by Karolina Tagaris and Lefteris Papadimas, editing by Deepa Babington

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