ATHENS – Prime Minister Antonis Samaras officially submitted a request on Oct. 6 for a confidence vote he seems certain to win as Parliament resumed its regular sessions after the summer.
Samaras sent the request to Parliamentary speaker Evangelos Meimarakis from his New Democracy party to ask for the vote, which will be held at midnight on Oct. 10th after several days of perfunctory debate with opposing parties taking shots at each other, beginning Oct. 8.
The government has 154 MPs in the 300-member Parliament but needs the support of only 50 percent of those MPs who will be present to win the vote.
With nine MPs from the extremist Golden Dawn in jail pending charges of running a criminal gang, Samaras and his coalitin partner the PASOK Socialists need only 146.
The major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has taken a lead in the polls and the government faced continued sharp criticism from opponents of austerity Samaras has implemented.