By Jonathan Davies

MPs in Greece have passed a bill to introduce a second round of economic reforms crucial to securing another bailout deal.

The vote means that negotiations between Greece and its international creditors over the new bailout, expected to be €86 billion, can begin. Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos has said talks are likely to begin on Friday.

As MPs debated the measures, which including reforms to the troubled Greek banking sector and the judiciary system, anti-austerity activists demonstrated outside the Parliament building. The protests turned violent for a time, with petrol bombs thrown at police.

The debate and vote went on until 04:00 local time. But there was a sigh of relief for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as the vote passed 230 to 63 with 5 abstentions.

There were real worries that with such anti-austerity support, Mr Tsipras would struggle to get the majority required.

However, it was largely with the support of pro-austerity opposition parties that the vote was won. Nearly half of those who voted against the reforms were from Tsipras' Syriza party.