Tsipras faces battle in Athens ahead of bailout vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing a mutiny among his Syriza colleagues ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary vote on the bailout measures demanded by Greece's creditors over the weekend.

After 17-hour-long talks at an emergency EU summit held on Sunday night, Tsipras agreed to reforms of pensions, VAT and taxes, infuriating members of his ruling Syriza party who were voted into power in January based on anti-austerity pledges and despite Tsipras urging the Greek population to vote 'no' to more austerity demands in the country's referendum on a milder bailout package last week. The vote

The deal involves Greece partially ceding its fiscal sovereignty to its creditors, with representatives stationed in Athens to oversee the implementation of reforms.

Passing the vote itself should not prove an obstacle, as Tsipras can rely on opposition parties to get the legislation through. The leaders of all three mainstream opposition parties — centre-left Pasok, centre-right New Democracy and pro-EU populists To Potami, which together control 106 MPs, have all agreed to help pass the vote.

Yet several far-Left MPs have voiced opposition to the deal. Some reports say that nearly 30 Syriza MPs will not vote in favour of the deal.

Left Platform, a far-Left faction of the Syriza coalition, have described the bailout deal as a "humiliation of Greece", while the leader of the Independent Greeks, Syriza's Right-wing coalition partner, has argued that it is a "coup by Germany".

The Greek Energy Minister, Panagiotis Lafazanis, has also called on Tsipras to "take back the agreement", arguing that the German government has "treated our country as their colony and are nothing but brutal blackmailers and financial assassins".

In an emailed statement he said the deal "cancels the popular mandate and the proud 'NO' of the Greek people in the referendum".

Tasos Koronakis, Secretary of the Political Committee of Syriza, has also said he does not support the deal. There are reports that Tsipras will ask for the resignation of cabinet ministers who do not support him in the vote, with rumours that a cabinet shuffle will take place later this week.

A government official denied that Tsipras himself will resign despite speculation that he will be forced to if he loses the support of his party.

Meanwhile, a leaked IMF report seen by Reuters has revealed that Greece will need far more debt relief than eurozone leaders have so far considered, because of the impact on the Greek economy and banks in the past two weeks.

The report said: "The dramatic deterioration in debt sustainability points to the need for debt relief on a scale that would need to go well beyond what has been under consideration to date".