Greek government majority trimmed after key vote

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Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, center, arrives at the ministry for negotiations with the so-called Troika of Greece's creditors in Athens on Sunday Nov. 10, 2013. Representatives of Greece's creditors started a new round of talks with the government last Tuesday on the conditions for the disbursement of more bailout aid for the debt-ridden country. (AP Photo)
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Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, center, arrives at the ministry for negotiations with the so-called Troika of Greece's creditors in Athens on Sunday Nov. 10, 2013. Representatives of Greece's creditors started a new round of talks with the government last Tuesday on the conditions for the disbursement of more bailout aid for the debt-ridden country. (AP Photo)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coalition government has seen its majority cut by one seat in parliament after winning a confidence vote called by the left-wing opposition.

Socialist deputy Theodora Tzakri was expelled from the party after refusing to back the 15-month-old government in the vote held in the 300-seat parliament early Monday.

Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saw his support cut to 154 deputies after Tzakri, a former deputy interior minister, was declared an independent.

The government is in talks with bailout inspectors to try and reach a deal on long-term spending cuts ahead of a Nov. 21 deadline for submitting the 2014 budget to parliament.

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