Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, center, leaves the Presidential palace after a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in Athens, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Rebels opposed to Greece's international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party Friday, formalizing a split after its leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister and paved the way for early elections.Greece's president gave the conservative opposition a chance to form a new government following Tsipras's resignation Thursday, but the country appears almost certain to be heading for its third election in as many years next month. Tsipras is hoping to strengthen his hold on power in a snap election after seven months in office in which he fought Greece's creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in and accept more onerous terms. Far left Syriza members, who oppose the promises of yet more austerity and economic reform that Tsipras made to secure 86 billion euros ($97 billion) in bailout loans, broke away to form a new party.With 25 lawmakers, the party will be the third largest bloc in Greece's 300-seat parliament, albeit far behind Syriza which had 149 before the split.
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