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    The coalition government’s bill on a one-off cash benefit for low-income pensioners…

    The coalition
    government’s bill on a one-off cash benefit for low-income pensioners passed
    through Parliament on Thursday evening with the support of 196 MPs.

    Specifically
    the bill was supported by SYRIZA, the Independent Greeks, the Democratic
    Alliance, Golden Dawn, the Communist Party and three independent MPs. New
    Democracy decided to vote ‘present’, while the River, Union of Centrists and
    four independent MPs abstained entirely from the vote.

    The bill had
    sparked major controversy, with the opposition parties accusing the coalition
    government of demagogy and populism. The government initiative to distribute
    part of the primary surplus on low-income pensioners also prompted
    reactions from Greece’s creditors and partners.

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