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As thousands protested, parliament passed new austerity-for-credit measures with 229 votes in the 300-seat chamber. Sixty-four lawmakers opposed the cuts on the table and six abstained.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (right in photo) had to count on opposition parties in order to pass the measures, leaving his coalition in question. Tsipras had made his about-face on austerity following grueling all-night negotiations in Brussels on Monday, giving in to lenders' demands for immediate reforms to keep the euro as Greece's currency.
"I acknowledge the fiscal measures are harsh, that they won't benefit the Greek economy - but I'm forced to accept them," Tsipras said early Thursday, making his final appeal for support..................
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