August 21, 2015 / 7:41 AM / in 3 years

Greek Syriza party's far-left faction breaks away as new group

ATHENS (Reuters) - Far-left rebels in Greece’s Syriza party have broken away to form a new party with 25 lawmakers, a parliament deputy speaker announced on Friday.

The new party will be called “Popular Unity” and headed by former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, the leader of the far-left faction within Syriza that has defied outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s call to back a third bailout program. Tsipras resigned on Thursday.

With 25 lawmakers, the party would be the third largest bloc in Greece’s 300-seat parliament ahead of the centrist To Potami and far-right Golden Dawn parties, which each have 17 lawmakers.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos, Writing by Deepa Babington; editing by David Stamp

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