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Greek PM expels ruling party MP for rejecting austerity law

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

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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