Greece’s governing SYRIZA party is slowly moving toward splitting up after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signed an agreement with the country’s creditors in Brussels, requesting for more austerity measures.
30 SYRIZA MPs have gathered to discuss about their position in the current developments.
Most MPs belong to SYRIZA’s so-called Left Platform, led by Production Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis. The party’s parliamentary members do not approve of Tsipras’ agreement and stated they are ready to give up their seats if asked to vote in favor of the new harsh austerity measures.
On Friday’s vote regarding the agreement proposal, two SYRIZA MPs voted no, eight voted “present” and six were absent, with former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis among them.
Meanwhile, fifteen members voted yes but stated they do not approve the agreement and therefore they are not willing to support the new measures.