December 14, 2016 / 6:03 PM / 4 years ago

Greek government to call parliamentary vote on Thursday after ESM freeze of debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during a parliamentary session before a budget vote in Athens, Greece, December 10, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call a parliamentary vote for Thursday on a one-off benefit approved to pensioners, a government official said.

The move followed the ESM’s decision earlier Wednesday to suspend implementation of short-term debt relief measures approved by the euro zone last week.

The ESM, the euro zone’s lending arm, said lenders were not consulted before Tsipras announced on Dec. 8 his government would spend 617 million euros in one-off benefits for pensioners on low incomes.

Reporting By Lefteris Papadimas

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