Greek Parliament votes a balanced state budget after many decades

The Greek Parliament in a roll call vote held on Sunday midnight approved the 2015 state budget. A total of 155 deputies –from New Democracy, PASOK as well as independent MP Ekaterini Markou – voted for the budget, while 134 deputies voted against it.

After many decades, the country has now a balanced budget, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said after the conclusion of the debate and the vote. “This is a historical moment,” he said adding this is the only way towards development.

“The result of the vote shows that the government is a step away from the end,” SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said after the vote. “The sooner the prime minister realizes that so as to turn in an orderly way to the people’s verdict, the better for the country,” he added.