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Greece's Tsipras faces defections ahead of key parliament vote

Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP | Protesters have gathered in Athens and other Greek cities to denounce the terms of Greece's new bailout deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces a rising wave of hostility from members of his own party ahead of a critical parliament vote on austerity measures tied to a new bailout package. Follow events as they unfold on our liveblog.

  • Tsipras faces rebellion from several Syriza lawmakers including deputy Finance Minister Nadia Valavani, who has resigned in protest against the bailout
  • Anti-austerity protesters hurled petrol bombs at riot police outside Greece's parliament in Athens as MPs began debating the new austerity measures
  • Earlier, thousands took to the streets of Athens and other Greek cities in peaceful protest against further austerity
  • Critics of the deal are emboldened by a leaked IMF report that says the programme is doomed to fail unless it includes substantial debt relief
  • Eurozone members are considering tapping the EFSM fund, backed by all 28 EU members, to provide urgent bridge financing to Greece
  • French lawmakers have overwhelmingly backed Greece's bailout, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls saying France will push for some form of debt restructuring

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