To enable and go ahead with a €86bn eurozone bailout deal, the Greek MPs have approved tough economic measures. Tax rises and an increase in the retirement age were included in the legislation.
Two hundred and twenty nine lawmakers voted YES, 64 have voted NO and six have abstained. Half of the NO votes came from the governing Syriza party.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, he had no belief in the deal but nonetheless have urged the MPs to go ahead for the approval of measures.
He also said that he is willing to implement the “irrational” proposals to avoid the closure of banks and disaster for Greece.
There was a major rebellion within the government when the measures were passed comfortably. Nearly 38 of the Prime Minister’s MPs refused to back the deal, while the speaker of the parliament called it as “social genocide.”