Parliament approves benefit bill for low-income pensioners

16 December 2016
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The coalition government’s bill on a one-off cash benefit for low-income pensioners passed through Parliament on Thursday evening with the support of 196 MPs.

Specifically the bill was supported by SYRIZA, the Independent Greeks, the Democratic Alliance, Golden Dawn, the Communist Party and three independent MPs. New Democracy decided to vote ‘present’, while the River, Union of Centrists and four independent MPs abstained entirely from the vote.

The bill had sparked major controversy, with the opposition parties accusing the coalition government of demagogy and populism. The government initiative to distribute part of the primary surplus on low-income pensioners also prompted reactions from Greece’s creditors and partners.

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