Samaras to seek confidence vote in bid to rally coalition
The government said on Wednesday that it will request a vote of confidence when Parliament reconvenes after the summer recess next week, seeking to douse speculation about early elections and to rally coalition MPs and ministers as a crucial fifth review by the troika gets under way.
Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi said the government would “immediately” seek a vote of confidence when Parliament’s plenary reopens on Monday, adding that the procedure of electing a new president would begin as scheduled in February, a month before the term of incumbent Karolos Papoulias ends.
The statement was clearly intended to halt speculation that early elections could be held in the coming months as leftist SYRIZA intensifies its demands for snap polls and a renegotiation of the country’s loan deal with international creditors.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to request the vote of confidence on Monday, prompting a three-day debate which is likely to begin on Wednesday.