Greek officials predict Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will survive a no-confidence vote in parliament later this week.
Tsipras called for the vote Monday after defense minister Panos Kammenos resigned and pulled his nationalist ANEL party from the ruling coalition.
Kammenos quit to protest the deal with neighboring FYR Macedonia over the use of the name Macedonia.
ANEL leaving the coalition leaves Tsipras’ ruling leftist Syriza Party without a majority of seats in parliament, opening the door to possible early elections.
But a government spokesman says the party is confident of winning the no-confidence vote, set for Wednesday, and completing its four-year term in October.
The U.N.-brokered deal with FYR Macedonia ends a nearly 30 year-long dispute over who gets to use the name.
If approved by the Greek parliament, the former Yugoslav republic would be officially called the Republic of North Macedonia.
But many Greeks, especially nationalists, are still upset, saying the name should exclusively belong…
On This Day
- 395: Upon the death of Theodosius I, the Roman Empire was permanently split into West and East. Some historians consider this event the beginning of the Byzantine Empire.
- 1822: Ali Pasha was beheaded by the Turks on a small island of Lake Pamvotis. The severed head was sent to Sultan Mahmud II in Istanbul.
- 1827: Georgios Karaiskakis defeated the Turkish army at Distomo possibly saving the Greek Revolution from being extinguished in Rumeli.
- Births: Nikos Nioplias, football player and coach (1965).
- Deaths: Theodosius I, Byzantine emperor (395), Ali Pasha (1822), Petrobey Mavromichalis, Maniote leader during the Greek Revolution (1848), Antonis Travlantonis, author (1943).