Demonstratrors gather near the Greek Parliament during a rally against the government's agreement with its creditors in Athens, in central Athens, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (AP/Emilio Morenatti)
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced a revolt in his left-wing party and workers' calls for strikes ahead of Wednesday's Parliament vote on a bailout deal meant to prevent the country's economy from collapsing.Now Tsipras must keep his own government from collapsing as he tries to push a deal that he calls "irrational" through Parliament. Talks on a bailout worth 85 billion euros ($94 billion) will start if Parliament agrees by Wednesday to creditors' demands, including painful tax hikes and pension cuts. Many in Tsipras' party have indicated they will refuse to vote for the deal because it goes back on election pledges to repeal austerity measures that have been imposed on Greece for years."I will not run away from my responsibilities," he said in an interview on state TV.He criticized the deal, but said it was the best Greece could get. The Tsipras government holds 162 seats in Greece's 300-member Parliament.The IMF said Greece's debts would peak over the next two years at 200 percent of the country's economic output; earlier it had said the debt burden would peak last year at 177 percent.Greece faced this year's first bailout deadline back in February.
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