The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was reportedly booed and catcalled in parliament last night as he voted no the European lenders’ austerity reforms.
The Greek parliament met at midnight to vote through four key reforms that had been demanded by Brussels before negotiations for a third bailout deal could begin.
The reforms passed through parliament with a huge majority of 229 in favour and just 64 against, as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s opponents voted to keep Greece in the eurozone. Failure to pass the reforms would have resulted in financial collapse in Greece because it no longer has enough capital to keep its banking system afloat.
Half of the no votes came from the governing Syriza party. Parliament reportedly descended into uproar when Yanis Varoufakis gave his no vote.
Varoufakis was ousted from parliament in July after rumours that European lenders refused to negotiate with him.
The Euro-Summit ‘Agreement’ on Greece – annotated by Yanis Varoufakis http://t.co/xjvwqjpaXC— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) July 15, 2015
He published an annotated version of the agreement on his website on Wednesday evening head of the vote, accusing the troika of false logic.
"The Syriza government must sign a declaration of having defected to the troika’s 'logic'," he wrote in the margins of the text.Reuse content