Greek PM vows to rescue bailout deal


ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister has promised to "do everything necessary" to rescue a €130 billion ($170 billion) bailout deal, after six members of his cabinet walked out over harsh new austerity measures, triggering a political crisis in the near-bankrupt country.

In a televised address Friday, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said senior members of his government would be expelled if they oppose the austerity program, due to be voted in parliament late Sunday.

Earlier Friday, a small right-wing party in Papademos' coalition said it would not back the new measures and four of its officials in the cabinet resigned.