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Emergency meeting over state budget

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House president Adamos Adamou (Christos Theodorides)

Parliamentary party leaders held an emergency meeting on Thursday morning under House president Adamos Adamou to discuss the passing of the state budget which hangs in the balance after most opposition parties said they would not back it.

The House plenum is due to vote on the 2021 state budget in the afternoon with party leaders discussing various scenarios after all indications suggest the budget might not be approved.

According to reports, the plenum might suggest postponing the vote to allow the government to make some amendments.

Ruling Disy and far-right Elam are the only parties that said they would back the state budget while Akel, Diko, the Greens and independent MP Anna Theologou will all vote against.

Edek, Solidarity, the Democratic Cooperation and the Citizens Alliance have not announced their decision yet.

The budget legislation requires more than 50 per cent of those voting to back it.

The problem started when Diko, that usually backs the state budget, said they will vote it down unless the government grants the auditor-general access to files relating to the citizenship-by-investment scheme.

Rejection of the 2021 state budget, among other things, would lead to the collapse of Gesy, the government warned.

 

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