A bill that paves the way for a much-delayed initiative to build the capital's first official mosque was voted through Parliament on Thursday by all parties except neofascist Golden Dawn and the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL), leftist SYRIZA's coalition partner.

After a tense session in the House, 230 MPs joined the roll call, with 206 voting in favor and 24 against.

Addressing Parliament before the vote, the minister of education and religious affairs, Nikos Filis, said the creation of a mosque in Athens will avert the risk of terrorist attacks by Islamist fundamentalists in Greece.

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