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Greece secures backing for debt swap deal


The Greek government has confirmed that it has secured backing for a debt swap deal that will enable it to avoid defaulting on its debts.

The Greek finance ministry said on Friday that 85.8 per cent of private bondholders had agreed to the plan, which was well above the target of 75 per cent to be able to push through the deal.

Greece needed the debt swap deal so it could get access to a second bailout from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The finance ministry confirmed that the rate would reach 95.7 per cent with the use of collective action clauses to enforce the deal.

It said that upon confirmation by the Bank of Greece, the state "intends to accept the consents received and amend the terms of all of its Greek law governed bonds, including those not tendered for exchange".

Evangelos Venizelos, the Greek finance minister, said "on behalf of the republic, I wish to express my appreciation to all of our creditors who have supported our ambitious programme of reform and adjustment and who have shared the sacrifices of the Greek people in this historic endeavour".

"Greece will continue implementing the measures needed to achieve the fiscal adjustments and structural reforms to which it has committed, and that will return Greece to a path of sustainable growth".

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