Greek minister hints at confidence vote after bailout agreement – business live

Financial investors are watching the political fallout in Athens after its third aid programme was agreed

Energy minister: Confidence vote unavoidable
Introduction: Merkel tries to calm dissent

9.06am BST

Two Syriza MPs who rebelled last week have warned that the party cannot rally around the bailout deal.

Thanasis Petrakos told the Mega TV channel that:

We do not intend to overthrow the government, but rather get it off the bailout course.

“The bailout cannot be the programme of Syriza, it falls outside its values, these are incompatible notions.”

8.43am BST

A glance at last Friday’s vote on the bailout deal shows that Alexis Tsipras is far from certain to win a confidence vote.

“The government has signed the third and most onerous bailout. All the negative consequences for the country and its citizens bear the signatures of Mr Tsipras and [ANEL leader] Mr Kammenos.

We have no confidence in the Tsipras-Kammenos government and of course will not give it if we are asked.”

8.28am BST

Greece’s energy minister also hinted this morning that the country could “go to elections soon”, in as little as three or four weeks.

And if that happens, Alexis Tsipras would be pushing for an outright majority, Panos Skourletis told Skai TV:

“Based on my feeling of how things stand… I think such a goal is attainable,”

8.13am BST

A Greek government minister has dropped a clear hint that prime minister Alexis Tsipras will call a confidence vote in the coming days.

I consider it self-evident after the deep wound in Syriza’s parliamentary group for there to be such a move [a confidence vote].

8.11am BST

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We’ll be fighting off the August lull today, I fear, as policymakers and traders take a summer breather after a fairly turbulent 2015.

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