Greek lawmakers to vote on austerity amid strikes

Greek lawmakers will vote later today on austerity measures needed to unlock international aid and stave off bankruptcy, despite strikes and public anger against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts.

A general strike is expected to paralyse Athens for a second straight day.

Lawmakers are due to wrap up their debate and hold a late-night vote on the package of 23.6 billion US dollars in new spending cuts and other reforms by 2016.

Implementing the austerity plan is a condition for Greece to receive a 40.4-billion-US dollar tranche of bailout funds from its troika of international creditors -- the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

Without it, Greece risks running out of money on the 16th of this month when a debt repayment falls due.