Greece

Greek Legislators Approve Public Sector Cuts

Thousands expected to lose their jobs

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The parliament in Greece has narrowly approved a public sector reform bill that will see thousands of people lose their jobs.

In a 153-140 vote, MPs backed the bill tied to the country's fresh 6.8bn euros (£5.8bn) of bailout loans, needed to keep Greece afloat.

During the debate thousands of protesters rallied outside the parliament in the capital Athens.

Greece has recently been hit by a series of strikes against the cuts.

The coalition government led by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says it has no choice but to enforce further painful adjustment.