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Syriza splits as Tsipras looks to bolster power with ballot

25 breakaway lawmakers form new bloc Popular Unity

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A group of Greek lawmakers opposed to the country's bailout programme abandoned the governing party, Syriza, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras moved to force an early election to shore up his position.

Athens

A GROUP of Greek lawmakers opposed to the country's bailout programme abandoned the governing party, Syriza, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras moved to force an early election to shore up his position.

The lawmakers, whose names were read out on Friday by a deputy parliament

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