“Parallel programme” that aims to soften the austerity measures passes in Greek Parliament

Greek lawmakers late on Saturday voted in favour of the “parallel programme” that aims to soften the austerity measures agreed under the third economic programme.

The bill was withdrawn in December after pressure from Greece’s creditors.

The Syriza-ANEL coalition government voted in favour of the programme. Opposition New Democracy, Golden Dawn and Union of Centrists parties voted against the programme, while the Democratic Coalition, the communist KKE party and To Potami voted “present”.