Prespes Agreement ratified by the Greek parliament
The Prespes Agreement was ratified by the Greek parliament on Friday with a majority of 153 votes, with 146 voting against and one deputy abstaining with a vote of ‘present’.
Votes for the agreement were cast by ruling SYRIZA’s parliamentary group of 145 MPs, as well as the MPs Elena Kountoura, Katerina Papakosta, Thanassis Papachristopoulos, Stavros Theodorakis, Spyros Lykoudis, Giorgos Mavrotas, Thanassis Theocharopoulos and Spyros Danellis.
Votes against were cast by main opposition New Democracy, Democratic Alliance, Communist Party of Greece, Independent Greeks, Centrists’ Union and independents. The MP Grigoris Psarianos abstained, casting a vote of ‘present’.
Vassilis Kokkalis, who is a member of the government, voted against the agreement.
The foreign ministry’s draft bill for the ratification of the agreement was passed in a roll-call vote requested by Parliament President Nikos Voutsis. The vote was held after three days of discussion in the plenary and two in the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs and National Defence in order to allow all MPs to address the house. According to Voutsis, the discussion lasted 38.5 hours with addresses by a total of 200 MPs, including political party leaders etc.