Greece's far-right Golden Dawn will be the only political party in the Greek parliament not to be represented by a parliamentary deputy speaker, after Polyvios Zisimopoulos failed to gain the necessary 75 votes for the post.
Polyvios Zisimopoulos, Golden Dawn MP for Thessaloniki, failed to receive the necessary 75 votes from lawmakers to ensure the party was represented by a parliamentary speaker. The party only has 18 elected MPs. Generally MPs from other parties make up the necessary votes as stipulated in the Greek constitution, to ensure each political party has representation by a speaker: indeed, the KKE Communist party received enough votes for their fielded speaker despite having less MPs than Golden Dawn.
During a secret ballot Zisimopoulos received 41 votes, thus acquiring 23 votes from MPs from other parties. Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos said "They have joined forces. They agreed on everything. I'd like to honor my 23 colleagues who voted for Golden Dawn. And I'd like to state that our exclusion ... shows who the system is afraid of."
According to To Vima Golden Dawn have complained that members of parliament have committed a "constitutional aberration" in failing to elect a Golden Dawn speaker when the party was elected by almost half-a-million voters. They released a statement saying they "will use all legal rights and our legal team is already preparing our recourse to the European Court."
The position of seventh deputy speaker will remain vacant.