December 15, 2016 / 6:11 PM / 9 months ago

Greek parliament approves payout to low income pensioners

Greek lawmakers attend a parliamentary session before a vote on a one-off benefit approved to pensioners in Athens, Greece, December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece’s parliament on Thursday approved by majority a proposal by the leftist-led government to pay pensioners a one-off benefit which has placed it at odds with lenders who have extended a credit lifeline to the country.

Lenders announced on Wednesday they were suspending an agreement clinched earlier this month to offer Greece short-term debt relief after leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced unexpectedly he would grant low-income pensioners a Christmas bonus.

Reporting by Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou; Writing by Michele Kambas

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