Greek MPs to vote on second list of reforms
Greece should wrap up bailout talks with international lenders by August 20, once its parliament has approved today the second package of measures demanded by creditors.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has faced a revolt in the ruling Syriza party over the mix of tax hikes and spending cuts demanded by lenders, but is expected to get the package through parliament with the support of pro-European opposition parties.
Officials from the creditor institutions - the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - are due in Athens on Friday for meetings with the government, the Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas said.
Today's vote in parliament follows a first vote last week on the so-called 'prior actions' demanded of Greece as a pre-condition before the start of full bailout talks.
The bill was passed but a revolt by 39 Syriza lawmakers who refused to back the measures raised questions over the stability of the government.
The heads of the centrist To Potami party and the Socialist Pasok party both said they would back the Tsipras government over the bailout accord but demanded a clear 'road map' from Mr Tsipras.