>> Greece's Prime Minister won a confidence vote in parliament late on Wednesday. It cleared a major hurdle for the government's approval of an accord. To end a dispute over Macedonia's name and averted a snap election.>>
>> Alexis Tsipras claimed a narrow victory with 151 votes to 145.
>> I call upon you with hand-on-heart to give a vote of confidence today to the government which gave battle, which bled. But managed to hold the country out of memorandums and surveillance.>> Tsipras called for the vote after his right-wing coalition partner quit the government earlier this week.
He stood down in protest over the name deal signed by Athens in Skopje last year, after decades of debate. Macedonia is the name of Greece's biggest northern region. But the deal sees a neighboring country, also called Macedonia, renamed the Republic of North Macedonia. Critics argue the decision is an attempt to appropriate Greek identity, those in favor point out the name change is needed.
For the tiny Balkan states to be considered for European Union and NATO membership. The head of Tsipras's main opposition repeatedly called the administration a rag-bag government. Clutching its straws to stay in power. This is the second time Tsipras's government has survived a no-confidence vote. In June, the opposition called for a vote when Greece and Macedonia agreed on a compromise.
Tsipras's four-year term will end in October.