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1st LD: Greek parliament ratifies austerity bill ahead of Eurogroup meeting

Xinhua, May 19, 2017 Adjust font size:

Greek parliament on Thursday approved an austerity bill for new pension cuts and tax hikes through 2020, ahead of Monday's Eurogroup meeting in Brussels to continue vital loan payouts and start talks on debt relief.

The legislation, which has sparked fierce reactions by opposition parties and trade unions, passed with the 153 votes in favor of all MPs of the two-partite ruling coalition, while 128 lawmakers voted against.

A total of 281 legislators participated in the roll call vote held Thursday night and 19 were absent. Enditem