Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, arrives at his office at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced open revolt from some of his own ministers as he sought support Tuesday for a bailout deal that, while saving the country from financial collapse, would cause years of more pain for Greeks.The government must pass a raft of measures through Parliament by Wednesday night, including consumer tax increases and pension reforms, in order to start negotiations with European creditors on a third bailout worth as much as 85 billion euros ($95 billion). Tsipras is expected to have the numbers in parliament to pass the measures, since he will have the support of most opposition parties.The government holds 162 seats in Greece's 300-member Parliament, and the bill is likely to pass as it enjoys the support of most opposition parties.If Syriza sees significant losses during the parliamentary vote, one option would be to form a so-called 'national unity' government with other parties. However, opposition parties have suggested they would be unwilling to enter into a power-sharing agreement with the current two governing parties, although they have promised to support the government in the votes on the bailout terms. That would leave Syriza as a minority government. It would still be able to push legislation through Parliament, such as the reforms needed for the bailout agreement, but only with the support of opposition parties.
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