Greek central bank head warns of 'no' vote suicide

FRANKFURT, June 29 Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:56am EDT

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FRANKFURT, June 29 (Reuters) - Greek central bank Governor and European Central Bank policymaker, George Provopoulos, warned that a 'no' vote by Greek politicians on the country's austerity measures on Wednesday would be "suicide".

Greece's parliament holds a crucial vote later on whether to submit the country to a fresh wave of unpopular austerity measures as it attempts to avoid a debt default [ID:nL3E7HT08P].

Speaking to the Financial Times, Provopoulos sent a stark warning about the consequences if politicians fail to back the plans.

"For parliament to vote against this package would be a crime - the country would be voting for its suicide," he said.

(Reporting by Marc Jones; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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