January 13, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 2 months ago

Greek PM says to call a confidence vote in parliament

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at his office in the Maximos Mansion for a meeting with Defense Minister and coalition partner Panos Kammenos (not pictured) in Athens, Greece, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday he would request a confidence vote in parliament after his junior coalition partner quit in protest at an accord seeking to end a decades-old row over the name of neighbouring Macedonia.

Tsipras has said he would ask for a confidence vote before the Macedonia deal comes to parliament if his junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos, head of the right-wing Independents Greeks party, withdrew his support to the ruling coalition.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou and Michele Kambas

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