Greek PM Tsipras 'doesn't eat or sleep' from overwork, says mother

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks on as designate ministers are sworn in at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece on July 18, 2015.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks on as designate ministers are sworn in at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, Greece on July 18, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

ATHENS (AFP) - Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras eats and sleeps poorly and rarely manages to see his family, his mother told a tabloid on Saturday.

"Alexis lately does not eat, does not sleep, but he has no choice - he has a debt to the people who put their faith in him," Mrs Aristi Tsipras, 73, told Parapolitika weekly.

"I rarely see him any more. He goes from the airport straight to parliament. He has no time to see his children, how can he see me?" Mrs Aristi Tsipras said.

"When we speak, I tell him to do the best for the country and take care of himself. He tells me not to worry, and that everything will be fine," she said.

The 40-year-old PM last week was forced to accept a painful reform deal from Greece's international creditors to save the country's place in the euro zone.

A few days later, over 30 of his lawmakers mutinied in parliament when the deal came up for a vote, forcing Mr Tsipras to hold a reshuffle late on Friday.