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Greek Finance Minister Promises Austerity Package Will Pass

June 21: Greek protesters gather at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, during a peaceful ongoing rally against plans for new austerity measures.

June 21: Greek protesters gather at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, during a peaceful ongoing rally against plans for new austerity measures.  (AP)

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's new finance minister is promising that parliament will pass a key austerity package by the end of June in order to receive the next payment in its bailout loan.

Evangelos Venizelos said Tuesday that parliament was set to vote on $40.2 billion worth of budget cuts and other savings.

Greece has said it will face a default unless it receives $17.3 billion rescue loan installment from European countries and the International Monetary Fund.

Venizelos spoke during a debate for a confidence motion in parliament called by the country's Socialist government.