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Greek lawmakers react to reform backing

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 01:29

Greek lawmakers give their reactions after Parliament backed a second wave of reforms to begin talks on a financial rescue package. Paul Chapman reports.

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When push came to shove Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had all the parliamentary backing he needed for yet more reforms to open talks on a financial rescue deal. The revolt within his own Syriza party against a second package wasn't as big as it was against the first. The new bills to deal with failed banks and speed up the justice system went through comfortably early on Thursday. Syriza lawmaker Alexis Mitropoulos says divisions within the party need careful handling. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) VICE PRESIDENT OF PARLIAMENT AND SYRIZA LAWMAKER, ALEXIS MITROPOULOS, SAYING: "Today without a doubt the divisions have hardened and the leadership must tackle it but with care." The second reform vote, like the first, passed with the help of opposition support on the left and right. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SOPHIA VOULTEPSI, MEMBER OF THE RIGHT WING OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRACY PARTY, SAYING: "What we want is Greece to remain in Europe and the euro so we do the best for this. For how long we don't care, we're going to support this." (SOUNDBITE)(English) EVI CHRISTOFILOPOULOU, MEMBER OF THE LEFT WING OPPOSITION PASOK PARTY, SAYING: "There's going to be some more time for the government. However, there has to be a plan and there has be to a national cohesion and co-operation." Despite protests as the parliamentary debate started the way's now clear for talks to begin on a bailout worth more than $94 billion for Greece. Those negotiations are expected to start on Friday.

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Greek lawmakers react to reform backing

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 01:29