Flames flare as police dodge a petrol bomb thrown by a protester outside the Greek Parliament. Photo / AP
Greece’s Parliament has passed laws enabling a second batch of
reforms needed to help unlock a huge international bailout for the
The bill passed by 230 votes out of the 298
members of Parliament present, after a marathon debate stretching into
the early hours.
It covers changes to the civil justice system, a
bank deposit protection scheme and measures to shore up the liquidity
of Greece’s banks – reforms needed to enable progress in bailout
negotiations with creditors.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced a rebellion among his MPs for the second time in a week.
trimmed the rebellion from 39 no-votes and abstentions last week to 36
yesterday, but again had to rely on opposition parties to get the bill
About 6000 anti-austerity demonstrators protested near
Parliament before the debate, lobbing a handful of petrol bombs in the
direction of on-alert police.