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Golden Dawn loses state funding

Parliament backs changes halting state cash to parties whose MPs face certain criminal charges

New rules mean no state funding for parties whose leader or at least one-fifth of its MPs are charged with being members of a criminal organisation or involvement in 'terrorist acts'

Golden Dawn MPs attend the opening of the new season at parliament on October 7 (AFP) Golden Dawn MPs attend the opening of the new season at parliament on October 7 (AFP) Parliament has voted to suspend state funding to Golden Dawn under new rules that halt payments to political parties whose leader or at least one-fifth of its MPs are charged with being members of a criminal organisation or involvement in "terrorist acts".

The latest move in the clampdown on the neonazi party following the murder of hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn supporter last month, an amendment to that effect was passed by wide majority of MPs in a vote in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Earlier this month, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, deputy leader Christos Pappas and MP Yiannos Lagos were remanded in custody on charges of founding and running a criminal organsation, while three other party MPs are facing similar criminal charges. An additional four Golden Dawn MPs have been stripped of their parliamentary immunity in order to allow an investigation against them. 

Of a total of 269 MPs present, 235 deputies – mainly from New Democracy, Pasok and Syriza - voted yes, while the 34 deputies from Independent Greeks, the Communist Party (KKE), three independents and Syriza deputy Zoi Konstantopoulou effectively abstained by voting "present".

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras did not attend the vote.

MPs from Golden Dawn walked out before the ballot.

Based on its performance in the last election, Golden Dawn was allocated €873,000 in 2013, out of a total of €11m for elected parties.

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