Alexis Tsipras prepared to step down as parliament set to pass punishing austerity measures

And there you have it. As mentioned in an earlier post, don’t expect him to stay in power for much longer. The Greek ‘no’ vote couldn’t have been a more clear message to leadership, but they still intentionally went the opposite direction. Self-proclaimed Communists Tsipras and Varoufakis are beginning to look more like a hit team whose assignment was do to a quick hit and run.

 

Greek prime minister hinted his position will no longer remain tenable if he did not get the majority backing of his Leftist Syriza party over a bail-out deal

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was ready to stand down from office on Wednesday night, as a Leftist rebellion erupted within his Syriza party over the punishing austerity measures the country needs to stay in the eurozone.

Greece’s lawmakers gathered for a midnight vote on reforms that would raise VAT, cut pensions spending and reform the country’s statistics body. The measures were passed with the support of Greece’s main opposition parties, with 229 voting “yes” and 64 voting “no”. There were six abstentions.

Outside the parliament, troubled flared briefly as groups of anarchists who were part of an anti-austerity protest threw petrol bombs at police, who barricaded the street leading to the entrance to parliament with several riot vans.

A masked protester who gave his name only as “Georgios” told The Daily Telegraph: “We threw some water bombs at the police just to liven things up a bit, then they started trying to destroy us so we threw some petrol bombs in self-defence.

“We are here to protest the fact that this Syriza government is just a continuation of the old right-wing government. We need a completely new system altogether, with our own drachma currency that can allow us to start all over again.

“Our Greek leaders have spent five years fighting austerity measures and in the end, despite a ‘No’ vote in the referendum, they have just rolled over and said ‘Yes’.”

Full article: Alexis Tsipras prepared to step down as parliament set to pass punishing austerity measures (The Telegraph)

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