Greek Communist Party
Greek MPs have approved a government bill aimed at easing pressure on the Aegean islands by speeding up asylum procedures and returns of migrants not meriting international protection to Turkey.
The bill was backed by MPs from New Democracy and the center-left Movement for Change alliance. SYRIZA, the Greek Communist Party (KKE), Greek Solution and Mera25 voted against.
Greek MPs have approved the creation of a parliamentary committee to probe possible crimes committed by former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos in connection with the Novartis investigation.
The conservative proposal received 173 yes-votes, while 83 MPs voted against. The Greek Communist Party (KKE), Greek Solution and Mera25 abstained from the vote.
The center-right government on Friday approved in Parliament changes to the criteria for appointing the director of the National Intelligence Service (EYP) - a move aimed at ensuring that the official undertaking the role has adequate professional experience but which provoked angry protests by the opposition.
New Democracy has garnered a solid parliamentary majority according to exit polls that give Greece's conservative party a landslide 12 percentage point lead over left-wing SYRIZA.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is scheduled to be sworn in as Prime Minister by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion at 1pm tomorrow, 8 July.
Official election projections in Greece show opposition New Democracy party winning 39.8 percent of the vote compared to SYRIZA's 31. percent.
Projections by Singular Logic, the Greek tech firm tasked with vote tallying, showed center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) at 8.3 percent, the Greek Communist Party at 5.3 percent, Greek Solution at 3.7 percent and MeRA25 at 3.4 percent.
Greece's New Democracy opposition was predicted to achieve a double-digit victory over SYRIZA leftists in Sunday's snap election, according to the final results of a joint exit poll by five private TV stations.
New Democracy was on course to win 38.5-41.5 percent of the vote, the exit poll showed while SYRIZA would trail with 27-30 percent in second place.