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Greek parliament ties up loose ends before early elections

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Athens, April 11 (Reuters) - Greek lawmakers wrapped up their legislative activity late Tuesday ahead of snap elections expected next month as a poll predicted an uncertain outcome due to anger over austerity measures.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:07:46 PM
Greek parliament ties up loose ends before early elections

The 300-seat chamber approved a labor bill restructuring social security funds, the last piece of legislation that the caretaker government of Lucas Papademos had pledged to pass before the ballot at the behest of the country's creditors, the EU and IMF.

Under an amendment adopted late at night a "closed centre" would be set up near Athens for immigrants without papers, the first of some 30 nationwide announced recently by Socialist Minister for Protection of the Citizen Michalis Chryssohoides.

The opposition parties on the left and far-right voted against the amendment, charging the centrist coalition was holding a "last-minute" vote on immigration problems that had been there for years.

"This parliamentary period draws to a close," parliament speaker Philippos Petsalnikos told the chamber.

Papademos is expected to submit his mandate this week to the head of state, President Carolos Papoulias, who will then issue a decree dissolving parliament and calling for elections within 30 days.

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