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Samaras Clinches Confidence Vote as Euro Area Ministers Meet

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won a vote of confidence in his new government, setting the stage for a showdown with the European Union over easing the terms of its bailout.

Samaras received 179 votes in support, compared with 121 votes against, according to a tally in the Parliament in Athens early today. Samaras’s government is backed by the socialist Pasok and the Democratic Left parties, which gives him 179 seats in the 300-seat chamber.