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Greece: Syriza MP says emphatic 'no' to bailout agreement01:00

Greece: Syriza MP says emphatic 'no' to bailout agreement

Greece, Athens
July 15, 2015 at 17:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syriza MP Thanasis Petrakos made an impassioned argument against the bailout agreement with Greece's creditors as he spoke in the Greek parliament in Athens, Wednesday. After touting his long history as part of the Greek left, Petrakos stated: "My responsibility towards the government, which I have supported and still support, towards the Prime Minister and my party Syriza, is to say a big 'no' to this despicable agreement, a product of blackmail by these vile economic murderers of the eurozone."

With in-fighting reported within Syriza, hints of a reshuffle and even talk of the resignation of Tsipras have abounded in the press. The Greek leader must pass legislation by Wednesday night to ensure the planned deal with Greece's creditors goes through.

The new agreement comes just over a week after the Greek people rejected the demands of creditors in a national referendum. A draft statement released on July 12 indicated the scale of the creditors' demands in the new agreement. These demands include: the full implementation of automatic spending cuts, including pension reforms and other austerity measures. Moreover, they require the Syriza government to align its legislative agenda with institutions, removing legislation that breaks with the strict spending plans.

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Syriza MP Thanasis Petrakos made an impassioned argument against the bailout agreement with Greece's creditors as he spoke in the Greek parliament in Athens, Wednesday. After touting his long history as part of the Greek left, Petrakos stated: "My responsibility towards the government, which I have supported and still support, towards the Prime Minister and my party Syriza, is to say a big 'no' to this despicable agreement, a product of blackmail by these vile economic murderers of the eurozone."

With in-fighting reported within Syriza, hints of a reshuffle and even talk of the resignation of Tsipras have abounded in the press. The Greek leader must pass legislation by Wednesday night to ensure the planned deal with Greece's creditors goes through.

The new agreement comes just over a week after the Greek people rejected the demands of creditors in a national referendum. A draft statement released on July 12 indicated the scale of the creditors' demands in the new agreement. These demands include: the full implementation of automatic spending cuts, including pension reforms and other austerity measures. Moreover, they require the Syriza government to align its legislative agenda with institutions, removing legislation that breaks with the strict spending plans.

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