Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras barely survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Wednesday, 151 to 148.
“I call upon you with hand on heart to give a vote of confidence today to the government which gave battle, which bled, but managed to haul the country out of memorandums and surveillance,” Tsipras asked the lawmakers before the vote.
He was apparently referring to the economic bailouts Greece needed over the past decade to avoid bankruptcy and economic ruin.
Tsipras himself called for the no-confidence vote after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos resigned and pulled his nationalist ANEL Party from the ruling coalition.
Kammenos quit to protest the U.N.-brokered deal with FYR Macedonia, ending a nearly 30-year-long dispute over who gets to use the name Macedonia.
If approved by the Greek parliament, the former Yugoslav republic would be officially called the Republic of North Macedonia.
Kammenos appealed to Tsipras Wednesday to put the name change question before voters…
On This Day
- 1930: The Greek National Football Team recorded their first ever win against Yugoslavia 2-1 (Giorgos Andrianopoulos, Dinos Andrianopoulos)
- 1962: The official results of the 1961 Census were released - the population of Greece numbered 8,388,553 people.
- 1982: The first Greek test-tube baby - Christina Iordanidou - was born.
- Deaths: Yiannis Skarimbas, writer (1984), Dora Stratou, choreographer (1988), Sir John Harding, former military governor of Cyprus (1989)