Far-left rebels in Greece's Syriza party have broken away to form a new party with 25 politicians, a parliament deputy speaker announced on Friday.
The new party will be called Popular Unity and headed by former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, the leader of the far-left faction within Syriza that has defied outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's call to back a third bailout programme.
It comes after Tsipras resigned on Thursday.
With 25 politicians, the party would be the third largest block in Greece's 300-seat parliament ahead of the centrist To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn parties, which each have 17 politicians.
A far-left faction of Greece's ruling Syriza party is to form a new political party.
Some 25 politicians will leave Syriza and become independent, state TV reported.
It comes after Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as Greek Prime Minister yesterday to force a snap election next month.
Greece's main opposition party leader will meet with the country's president this morning to recieve a mandate to form a new government in the wake of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation, a party official said.
Given the complexities of the current Greek parliament, Vangelis Meimarakis and his New Democracy party are unlikely to be able to put a ruling coalition together, meaning that national elections are the most likely outcome.
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Eurozone finance ministers have agreed a new bailout deal for Greece worth up to €86 billion (£61bn) over the next three years.
It comes after Greek MPs on Friday backed the new bailout package, aimed at helping rebuild Greece's economy.
The move saves Greece from a defaulting on its debts which could have come as soon as next week.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "On this basis, Greece is and will irreversibly remain a member of the euro area."
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Crowds of migrants were sprayed with fire extinguishers in Kos this morning as the situation on the Greek island spirals further out of control, a charity claimed today.
Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said more than 2,000 people were forced to queue at the national stadium as police struggled to register the latest influx of people landing on their shores as they escape war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Scuffles broke out among some of the hoards of people gathered at the venue, prompting police to turn fire extinguishers on them in an attempt to calm the situation.
It comes after chaotic scenes at the stadium yesterday, as some migrants collapsed in the heat after waiting days to get hold of immigration papers.
MSF said the Greek authorities had not provided the migrants with essentials such as hygeine, shelter, or water, and accused them of deliberately keeping the migrants in poor conditions so as not to provide a "pull factor" for those considering making the trip across the Mediterranean.
Alex Tsipras, Greece's Prime Minister, said last week that his country's infrastructure cannot handle the numbers of migrants and asked for help from the EU.
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