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Cyprus MPs reject EU-IMF bailout tax on bank depositors

Cyprus' parliament has rejected a controversial levy on bank deposits, proposed as part of an EU-IMF 10bn-euro (£8.7bn; $13bn) bailout package.

No MPs voted for the bill, with 36 voting against and 19 abstaining.

The finance ministry had modified the package, proposing an exemption for savers with smaller deposits, but opposition had remained fierce.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 19 Mar 2013
  • From the section Europe
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