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Tsipras Loses Bid to Apply New Rules in Next Greek Election

  • Next national vote will continue with 50-seat bonus for winner
  • Tsipras fails to make approved new laws effective immediately

Greece won’t immediately implement new electoral rules which scrap a 50-seat bonus for the winning side after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to raise enough support to make the changes effective immediately.

Tsipras’s Syriza government failed to secure a majority of 200 lawmakers in the 300-seat chamber to make the new rules, approved in a session that ended early Friday, effective immediately. A total of 179 lawmakers voted to abolish the bonus, with 83 voting against and 19 abstaining. That means the bonus remains in place for Greece’s next election, scheduled for 2019, and will be scrapped for the subsequent vote.