Tsipras Uses Constitutional Reform to Distract From Greece’s Economic Woes

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session, Athens, May 22, 2016 (AP photo by Yorgos Karahalis).
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session, Athens, May 22, 2016 (AP photo by Yorgos Karahalis).

Last month, Greek lawmakers approved significant changes to the country’s electoral system that were proposed by the ruling, left-wing Syriza party, in what it called an attempt to make the electoral system more democratic. The law gets rid of a 50-seat bonus that is given to the party that receives the most votes, reduces the voting age from 18 to 17, and reduces the electoral threshold for a political party to enter parliament. The law passed by a majority in the 300-seat parliament, but because it received less than the 200 votes needed for the reforms to go into effect […]

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