Greek 2018 state budget approved with 153 votes in favour, 144 against

Greece’s 2018 state budget was approved with 153 votes in favour and 144 against at the end of a five-day debate in parliament.

A total of 297 lawmakers participated in the roll-call vote. The budget was approved by 152 MPs of the SYRIZA-ANEL governing coalition and the independent MP Theodora Megaloikonomou (former Centrists’ Union MP). One SYRIZA lawmaker, Christoforos Papadopoulos, was not present but sent a letter to the parliament’s presidency saying he would approve it if he was.

All opposition lawmakers voted against. Two more MPs were absent –one from the Centrists’ Union and an independent.

The debate ended with speeches by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis who exchanged criticism on the budget and the state of the economy.