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Kammenos wants SYRIZA cooperation in triggering snap polls

Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos on Sunday suggested that SYRIZA and Independent Greeks MPs should resign ahead of a vote on the austerity measures in Parliament and trigger snap elections.

“We will fight this battle in and outside Parliament. But we can stop the measures as well as the country's and the Greek people's surrender, by triggering elections,” Kammenos said in an interview on Sunday.

Greece's conservative-led coalition government is currently negotiating a new austerity package with the troika of foreign creditors. The package is set to include more wage and pension cuts.

Independent Greeks, a right-wing populist party, control 20 seats in Parliament after winning 7.5 percent of the vote in the June general election. Left-wing SYRIZA, which is Greece's main opposition party, has 71 deputies.

According to parliamentary rules, 60 or more MPs have to resign and their replacements refuse to take their positions before Parliament can be dissolved and new elections held.

ekathimerini.com , Monday October 22, 2012 (10:37)  
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