Tsipras says he’s certain govt majority safe ahead of pension reform bill

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday expressed his certainty that a government majority in Parliament is sufficient to pass a new draft bill on the tough social security reforms, as required by the country’s institutional creditors in the coming days.

“It is a reform that the governments of the last 20 years didn’t dare touch, although they saw that social security was being led to an impasse, with funds draining and the explosion of the black labour,” Tsipras was quoted as saying to French channel Canal+. “The government majority is sufficient because there’s a clear and fresh popular mandate,” he added.

Asked about the progress of the country’s bailout program, the prime minister said the government is one step before the first program review which will conclude with the implementation of the social security reforms.