The Greek government is now openly talking about the possibility of snap elections in the autumn, after it has wrapped up an agreement with the institutions on a third bailout.
The first round of talks between Greece and its lenders are due to conclude on Tuesday with serious doubts remaining about whether the various sides can reach an agreement on time.
After sitting for around 12 hours on Thursday, SYRIZA’s central committee granted brief but potentially vital respite to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras by accepting his proposal for an emergency party congress in September rather than the immediate gathering suggested by those opposing the third bailout.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras issued an open challenge to the dissenters within SYRIZA on Thursday when he proposed either an emergency congress in September or a ballot of member this Sunday to assess the party's position on the agreement for a third bailout.
The quartet of officials representing Greece's lenders are due to begin discussing with the government from Wednesday a number of difficult issues that could stand in the way of an agreement on the third bailout being reached on time.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may find it difficult to fulfil his goal of pushing aside the squabble with SYRIZA radicals until after there has been an agreement with lenders on the third bailout.
A split within SYRIZA seems only a matter of time following Monday’s developments in Athens.
SYRIZA’s political secretariat is due to meet on Monday afternoon, possibly in the presence of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, after a difficult few days for the party.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hoping for a break from party politics over the next few weeks so he can focus on negotiations with Greece’s lenders but it is not clear if the rebels within his party will allow this period of respite.
The much-anticipated showdown between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and parliamentary speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou failed to materialise on Thursday.