Dutch MPs to vote on Greek aid

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Dutch MPs will suspend their recess Friday to vote on the Netherlands' contribution to the 110-billion-euro Greek aid package, a parliament spokesman said Tuesday.

A parliamentary finance commission had been due to discuss the issue with Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager on Friday, but three opposition parties pushed for a full plenary session of the lower house instead, parliament spokesman Leon van Schie told AFP.

A request by the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), which has nine deputies in the 150-seat in the lower house, received sufficient backing from the Socialist Party (25 seats) and the liberal VVD (21 seats) for a session to be called, he added.

The PVV, which reportedly opposes helping Greece, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The SP, however, confirmed it would "definitely" introduce a motion to test whether more than half of MPs supported the Netherlands' 4.7-billion-euro (6.1-billion-dollar) contribution to the Greek rescue package.

The biggest party in parliament with 41 seats, the Christian Democratic Action of outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, confirmed that it supports the joint International Monetary Fund-European Union rescue plan and that it expects the vote to "go well".

© 2010 AFP

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