Athens is closely following the political impasse in Albania, which has led to a clash between Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Edi Rama on the issue of the local elections.
In his first speech of the July 7 election campaign, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis focussed on investments and tax cuts, which are considered two of his party’s strongest cards in its contest with SYRIZA.
Shortly after asking President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to dissolve Parliament and pave the way for snap election on July 7, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presided over the unveiling of SYRIZA’s manifesto, which focuses on tax cuts and the creation of jobs with higher wages.
Alexis Tsipras is set to get the election campaign officially underway on Monday afternoon, with SYRIZA and New Democracy focussing most of their efforts on attracting support from Greece’s middle class.
SYRIZA attempted on Friday to limit further damage to its image on Friday after complaints of efforts by government officials to appoint relatives to positions in Parliament before snap elections are officially called.
Alexis Tsipras attempted on Thursday to turn the latest criticism from Greece’s lenders to his political advantage as he continues to search for an edge over his rival, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In a last bid to outfox his political opponents, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Tuesday night that his government will table legislation this week to overturn the reduction to the tax-free threshold for incomes, which was due to be adopted next year.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has made it clear that his main aim in the upcoming general elections is for his party to gain a clear majority and not have to contemplate entering a coalition with anyone else.
New Democracy strengthened on Sunday its political comeback with several significant gains in the second round of local elections, while a new opinion poll suggested that the centre-right party is on course to win a clear majority in the national vote next month.
There was speculation on Friday that a cabinet meeting would result in the government moving ahead with lining up the appointments for top positions in the judiciary despite concern that the move runs counter to the constitution.