Greece: Syriza rebels form new party as country heads to polls
August 22 , 2015
Rebels from Greece’s ruling Syriza party unhappy with the bailout deal have formed a new anti-austerity party.
The move comes as the country heads for another general election, the fifth in six years.
The 29 dissident lawmakers confirmed their decision after prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned, calling for a snap poll. The election is widely expected to consolidate his political standing.
Panagiotis Lafazanis, the former energy minister, is heading the hardline rebels’ new Popular Unity party.