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Row in parliament over expatriate Greek vote
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A row erupted in parliament yesterday between the government and the main opposition party over Pasok's intention to vote against a draft bill giving Greek nationals living and working abroad the right to vote in general elections. At least 200 votes are required to pass the bill, and this now appears unlikely, following the stances taken by opposition parties. Interior minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos stressed that expatriate Greeks deserve the right to vote in Greek elections.
Pasok deputy Tilemachos Hytiris described the bill as makeshift and urged the government to withdraw it, while Greek Communist Party deputy Antonis Skyllakos noted that Greeks living abroad for decades, who are not aware of the conditions in Greece, cannot determine the country's fate. Syriza deputy Fotis Kouvelis proposed that expatriate Greek MPs be established, while the ultra-rightist Laos party deputy said he was in favour of the bill, accusing the other parties of petty partisan expediencies.

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