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Greek Parliament Approves Omnibus Bill, One Article Rejected

January 24, 2012

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Greece’s parliament today approved the government’s omnibus bill on implementing structural reforms, demanded by the country’s lenders in return for securing international financing.

One article relating to lifting restrictions on business hours for pharmacies was rejected by lawmakers, according to the results of the tally read out on state-run Vouli TV. Under parliament rules, the article will be withdrawn from the bill, which will be voted on in its entirety later today.

The defeat of the article is the first for interim Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, who is backed by three of Greece’s biggest political parties. The legislation approved today opens up professions including taxi drivers and lawyers and cut bonuses for some pensioners.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marcus Bensasson in Athens at mbensasson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maria Petrakis at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net


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