By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a budget plan on Saturday filled with over 3 billion euros of austerity cuts that sees the debt-laden country emerging from a six-year recession next year. "This is a historic day," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told lawmakers, calling the 2014 plan a budget of recovery and hope. "People's sacrifices bore fruit and changed the course of the country." Outside parliament, an anti-austerity rally called by the country's largest labour unions drew only a few hundred people, a shadow of former demonstrations where tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens to protest the belt-tightening. A total of 153 lawmakers voted in favour of the 2014 budget plan in the 300-seat house.
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Greece's parliament on Saturday approved a tough budget for next year, including further spending cuts of 3.1 billion euros ($4.2 billion), aimed at ending the country's deep recession. The coalition government, which enjoys a narrow majority in the 300-seat chamber, scraped through with 153 deputies backing the 2014 budget in a late evening vote. The move came as Greece's troika of international creditors -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- announced they had delayed until January their next trip to Athens. Senior auditors from the so-called creditor troika had been expected to return to Athens on Monday to resume an evaluation of pledged Greek reforms.