Greece moves closer to bailout talks as Syriza divisions remain

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Greece moves closer to bailout talks as Syriza divisions remain

The Greek parliament took a step closer to negotiations on an new €86bn bailout after MPs voted to reform the judiciary and banking system.

As the government of Alexis Tsipras appears to be moving toward the demands of the international lenders he is facing a rebellion within his Syriza party.

Tsipras received the support of 230 MPs with 63 voting against the reforms, 31 from his own party.

Zoe Konstantopoulou, the Syriza speaker of the parliament, is a fierce critic of the reforms:
“I have a good and honest sense of comradeship with the prime minister, we both share the belief, desire and commitment to safeguard what is right for the Greek people.”

In a heated debate Tsipras said he did not approve of the deal, but he was under immense pressure to accept it.

He will now work towards seeking a better outcome for Greece when talks reconvene on Friday.

Our correspondent in Athens Stamatis Giannisis believes the divisions within Syriza will continue to fester: “The aftermath of the vote on the first bill, following the new agreement with the country’s lenders, has exacerbated the divisions between the supporters of Prime Minister Tsipras and his parties left-wing hardliners, and it is just a matter of time before civil war brakes out inside Greece’s ruling party.”