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Posted on 28 August 2015 at 15:53 GMT

Greece: New Left force launched following Syriza's betrayal

After 43 Syriza MPs (out of 149) refused to back the third memorandum package in mid-August, Tsipras resigned as prime minister.

His plan was to strengthen his support with fresh elections, due to the fact that many Greeks still support the government, because the latest cuts included in the memorandum will not be felt until the autumn.

Directly after this announcement, 25 MPs, most of them from the "Left Platform" of the party, broke away from Syriza and formed "Popular Unity" (Laiki Enotita).

This new force is supported by Xekinima (CWI in Greece).

Click here for an interview with Andreas Payiatsos, general secretary of Xekinima on these latest developments.

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