Greek PM expels ruling party MP for rejecting austerity law

ATHENS Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:15pm EDT

Parliamentarian Louka Katseli delivers a speech during a parliament session in Athens October 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Parliamentarian Louka Katseli delivers a speech during a parliament session in Athens October 20, 2011.

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expelled a lawmaker from the ruling party's parliamentary group on Thursday after the deputy, former labor minister Louka Katseli, voted against a key provision of Greece's austerity bill, a party source said.

The move reduces the government's already narrow majority, leaving it with 153 seats in the 300-strong parliament.

"The prime minister has sent a letter to the house speaker, expelling Louka Katseli from the PASOK parliamentary group," a source in the ruling party told Reuters.

(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)

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It is understandable that the pain of the citizens of Greece is causing grief for the Parliament. However, the Greek government has no choice but to adopt the austerity demands of the ECB and other European countries have made in order to help their financial situation. There is no room for government leaders to oppose those measures if they want to accept financial aid.

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