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Greek coalition takes defection blow in state TV row

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Greece's coalition government suffered a blow Friday after its smallest partner pulled out over the dramatic closure of state broadcaster ERT, shrinking the size of the ruling majority in parliament ahead of tough reform battles. 

Dimar (Democratic Left) party leader Fotis Kouvelis leaves the Greek prime minister's office late June 20, 2013. Greece's moderate Democratic The moderate party will withdraw from the coalition government, one of the party's ministers confirmed after a week-long crisis sparked by the shock closure of the country's state broadcaster.

The opposition charged that the defection had weakened the government, but fears of early elections quickly dissipated after the coalition's second largest partner, the socialists, pledged to continue to support the government.

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