Greek government majority rises after independent lawmakers join

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Posted: Jul 01, 2013 12:00 PM
Greek government majority rises after independent lawmakers join

ATHENS (Reuters) - Two independent lawmakers have joined Greece's ruling New Democracy party, the prime minister's office said on Monday, bolstering the coalition government's majority to five seats.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's government was left with a tiny majority in parliament last month following the departure of one of his junior partners over the abrupt closure of the state broadcaster.

New Democracy and the Socialist PASOK combined have 155 lawmakers in the 300-seat assembly.

(Reporting Harry Papachristou; Writing by Karolina Tagaris)