Golden Dawn threatens to withdraw MPs from Greek parliament

Far-right party says the move is a weapon that could cause a ‘political earthquake’ by further destabilising shaky ruling coalition

Reuters in Athens, Friday 27 September 2013


Protesters demonstrating against Golden Dawn clash with police in Athens this week. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party has threatened to pull out of parliament, a move that would trigger a wave of by-elections that could destabilise the country.

Its leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos warned late on Thursday night it might pull its MPs from parliament if a crackdown on the party in the wake of the death of an anti-fascist rapper did not stop.

“We have not reached a final decision yet. All options are open,” Mihaloliakos said on Vergina TV.

A self-proclaimed Golden Dawn supporter has been accused of killing Pavlos Fyssas in Athens last week, prompting a court investigation into whether the country’s third most popular party is a criminal organisation…

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