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Greece: Ruling party resistance forces withdrawal of next IMF representative

A Greek flag flies on top of the municipality market  with rainbow on the background on Kos island, Greece, Friday, May 29, 2015. Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government's talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A Greek flag flies on top of the municipality market with rainbow on the background on Kos island, Greece, Friday, May 29, 2015. Bank deposits in Greece have hit their lowest in more than a decade, according to data released Friday, as Greeks concerned about the painfully slow pace of their government's talks with bailout creditors withdrew savings in an orderly but steady flow.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

A Greek bailout negotiator says she will not accept the post as the country's next representative to the International Monetary Fund, after nearly a third of lawmakers in the governing left-wing Syriza party said they opposed the appointment.

Former World Bank employee Elena Panaritis said in a statement Monday that she was "unable to accept the appointment" because of the opposition within Syriza.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is struggling to reach a deal with bailout lenders to restart vital loan payouts, but also faces opposition within his own party to a potential agreement that would extend austerity measures.

In a letter to the government, 44 of Syriza's 149 parliament members described Panaritis as a "leading representative of bailout policies."