Greece's new Syriza-led govt survives no-confidence vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) is applauded by lawmakers prior to a confidence vote of the new government at the Greek parliament in Athens on October 8, 2015The government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no-confidence vote early Thursday morning, bolstering the left-wing leader as he gets down to implementing reforms demanded by creditors. The governing coalition of the premier’s left-wing Syriza party and the nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL) used their 155-strong majority to pass the motion through the 300-seat parliament. The vote wraps up three days of debate, which were largely for form’s sake after Tsipras in July signed Greece up to a roadmap of budgetary overhauls agreed with the IMF and EU in return for further bailout funds.

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