BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured parliamentary backing on Friday to launch talks on Greece’s third bailout in five years, despite a major rebellion in her government’s ranks over new aid to Athens.

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured parliamentary backing on Friday to launch talks on Greece’s third bailout in five years, despite a major rebellion in her government’s ranks over new aid to Athens.

While 439 of the 598 members of the Bundestag voting on the talks backed the negotiations for a new 86 billion-euro (94 billion-dollar) lifeline for Greece, 60 lawmakers from Merkel’s conservative political bloc rejected the planned three-year bailout.

That was 12 more than the number of members of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU) allies, who signaled they would vote against the aid plans at a meeting Thursday. Five CDU-CSU members abstained in Friday’s vote.

The size of the rebellion among Merkel’s supporters underscored how the opposition to pumping more money into Greece has grown since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected to power in January triggering a showdown with Athens’ creditors.

In February, only 29 members of Merkel’s CDU-CSU bloc voted to reject the four-month extension for Greece’s second bailout.

In Brussels meanwhile, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said Greece will receive a bridging loan of 7.16 billion euros (7.7 billion dollars) by Monday, when it faces a large debt repayment to the European Central Bank (ECB).

Merkel had warned lawmakers ahead of the vote that Greece could face "chaos and violence" if the new aid deal was not struck.

In the end she had to rely on votes from the junior member of her ruling coalition, the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) and the opposition Greens, to ensure broad parliamentary backing for the negotiations.

The number of parliamentarians opposing the talks was a hefty 191 compared to the 32 who in February voted against extending the last Greek rescue plan.

Merkel’s political bloc and the SPD have an 80 percent majority in the Bundestag. But four SPD members voted to reject the talks, including Peer Steinbrueck, who stood against Merkel as the SPD’s chancellor candidate in the 2013 elections.

Most members of the hard-left Die Linke, which has forged close ties with Tsipras’ SYRIZA party, rejected the new Greek bailout.

A further 40 Bundestag members abstained on Friday. The legislature has 631 members.

One of the CDU opponents, Klaus-Peter Willsch, told parliament it would be difficult to introduce the reforms as it remains unclear if Greece has the will to implement the reforms.

"The problems lie in Greece and can only be resolved in Greece," he said.

However, the new bailout plan is the final attempt to help Athens through its current crisis, said German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has emerged as one of the most prominent sceptics of the rescue programme.

"This is a last attempt" to deal with the "difficult task" facing Europe in Greece, Schaeuble told lawmakers. "I am convinced that this solution can work," he said.

The Bundestag vote was one of the last major obstacles to opening new talks with Greece, which has to repay loans to the ECB totaling 3.5 billion euros by Monday.

The bridging loan will allow Greece to meet the ECB payment and limp through the next few weeks until the new bailout is finalized.

The funds will be disbursed in "up to two instalments," allowing Athens to also clear its arrears with the International Monetary Fund, according to a statement by EU member states.

Dombrovskis said it will probably take a few weeks to finalize a third bailout program for Greece, and says this will "preferably" be done before another ECB debt repayment becomes due Aug. 20.

Banks are to reopen in Greece on Monday, the Finance Ministry said, but transactions will remain partially limited. A sharp rise in consumer taxes on many Greek islands is set to take effect Monday.

The Bundestag vote came days after Tsipras rammed a tough set of tax-and-pension reforms through the legislature in Athens as the first step to securing the new bailout.

The Greek parliament vote triggered a deep split in SYRIZA and Tsipras is expected to reshuffle his cabinet to bring in ministers who can be relied on to implement the tough new measures required by Athens’ creditors.

Also Friday, eurozone finance ministers granted a mandate for Greece’s creditor institutions to negotiate the third bailout, following national approvals by all 19 countries in the currency bloc.

"We welcome that the Greek government and parliament voted in favor of the reforms with a very broad majority," said Klaus Regling, the head of the eurozone’s rescue fund.


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