Greek PM Facing No Confidence Vote

Via the BBC:  Greek referendum: Papandreou losing MPs’ support

Greek PM George Papandreou appears to be heading for defeat in a confidence vote after growing opposition within his own party to a surprise referendum call on the EU bailout plan.

Mr Papandreou’s Pasok party holds a slim majority, 152 out of 300 seats.

The Greek cabinet is now meeting in emergency session.

The composition of the parliament is as follows:

Greek parliament graphic

According to the BBC, at least three members of Pasok have stated that they will vote against Papandreou if it comes to a vote.

The real issue now is if a no confidence vote (or a Panadreou resignation, which may be even more likely) will result in  the cancellation of the plebiscite on the EU bailout plan.

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  1. Hey Norm says:

    What in the f*** was this guy thinking?
    I don’t think the plan was actually the best answer to the problem…but it seemed to be the only possible answer.
    This guy is risking the collapse of banks and countries across Europe.
    Where is Seal Team 6 when you need them?

  2. legion says:

    Well, it was the only option the ECB was giving Greece (or anyone else, for that matter). I guess Pops decided that if Greece was going to be economically ruined, it might as well take down some of the smarmier douchebags in Europe as well – the Greeks are shafted no matter how this turns out…

  3. tps says:

    @Hey Norm:
    Maybe those banks need to be collapsed rather then proped up like zombies.