Greek deputy resigns over reforms, majority unchanged

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Posted: May 23, 2016 4:10 AM
Greek deputy resigns over reforms, majority unchanged

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker with Greece's governing Syriza party has resigned after rejecting parts of a new austerity package in a weekend vote, in a move that doesn't affect the government's majority in parliament.

Vassiliki Katrivanou voted against elements of the painful new creditor-demanded cutbacks and reforms in Sunday's ballot in the 300-seat Parliament.

But she didn't reject the core of the draft legislation, which was thus approved with the backing of all 153 lawmakers in the Syriza-led coalition.

She resigned early Monday, and will be replaced by another Syriza politician.

Following approval of the austerity bill, the Greek government is hoping to win approval for a new batch of rescue loans from its European creditors on Tuesday.