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Greece: MPs pass second austerity vote

Greece's parliament has passed a second vote on its austerity programme, which was needed to secure the country further financial support.

The vote approved putting into practice the tax rises, pay cuts, privatisations and public sector redundancies approved in principle on Wednesday.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou hailed its passage as "a crucial step" for Greece.

The EU welcomed the result, which came despite a two-day nationwide strike and violent protests in Athens this week.

Malcolm Brabant reports from Athens.

  • 30 Jun 2011
  • From the section Europe
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