The vote on the Prespes Agreement will be held at 14:30 on Friday, it was announced Thursday late afternoon, following a Conference of the Presidents of the Hellenic parliament.
The plenary will interrupt its session at 1:30 on Friday morning and debate will resume at 9:00 on Friday.
Explaining the reasons for the decision to reporters, Parliament President Nikos Voutsis noted that only half the MPs that have put their names down to speak had addressed the house by Thursday evening, which meant that roughly half would have to be dropped in order for the vote to be held at the end of Thursday’s session.
Given the promise that there would be ample time for all MPs to express their views, he added, there would be no point in continuing the parliamentary session through the night so that the voting might be held early in the morning, since there was no pressing deadline for its completion.
According to Voutsis, the number of speakers, including the party leaders, will be approximately 230 in total.