Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won the closest of confidence challenges late January 16 with 151 votes in favour and 148 against. Although at times dramatic, both the debate and the vote were far less exciting than what had occurred hours before in London, as Tsipras himself had called for the vote on January 13 after he successfully lined up the support he needed by co-opting the required four of seven deputies from his former junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL) party.

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