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Greek parliament passes creditor-imposed laws in time

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Greek parliament in Athens

The Greek parliament has fulfilled the demand of eurozone creditors to pass before July 16 laws aimed at cutting state expenditure, increasing revenue and securing the support of eurozone leaders for the third international bailout package worth 86 billion euros.

The legislation includes tax rises and an increase in the retirement age, BBC reports.

Two hundred and twenty nine lawmakers voted in favour, 64 voted against the laws and six abstained, with half of the No votes coming from the governing Syriza party.

Ahead of the vote, protesters threw petrol bombs at police during an anti-austerity protest close to parliament, and police reacted by spraying tear gas.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had stated before the vote he was willing to implement the «irrational» proposals to avoid the collapse of the banks and disaster for Greece.

Greek MPs approved measures including:

– the ratification of the eurozone summit statement;

– VAT changes including a top rate of 23% to take in processed food and restaurants and; a 13% rate to cover fresh food, energy bills, water and hotel stays; and a 6% rate for medicines and books;

– the abolition of the VAT discount of 30% for Greek islands;

– a corporate tax increase from 26% to 29% for small companies;

– a luxury tax rise on big cars, boats and swimming pools;

– and end to early retirement by 2022 and a general retirement age rise to 67 years.

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