Kyriakos Mitsotakis set about appointing the team to carry out his mandate to transform Greece after New Democracy’s landslide election victory on Sunday.
Sunday’s elections delivered a big win for Kyriakos Mitsotakis and New Democracy, which will have a very workable majority in the next Parliament, but did not led to the crushing defeat that many expected for SYRIZA and Alexis Tsipras.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis held his main campaign rally in Athens on Thursday night, urging voters to give him clear mandate to govern even though the latest opinion polls suggest that the centre-right party is already on course for an outright majority in the next Parliament.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis and senior New Democracy officials have distanced themselves from the suggestion that if their party wins the elections it will apply for a precautionary credit line from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and use at least part of Greece’s cash buffer to help banks deal with their non-performing loans.
Alexis Tsipras’s interview with Skai TV almost a year on after he issued a ban on SYRIZA officials appearing on the channel has made the headlines in Greece on Wednesday but its impact on the election campaign is doubtful.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is sticking to his core themes of tax cuts and growth as Greece enters the final straight of a low-key election campaign that New Democracy looks set to win comfortably.
Buoyed by what appears to be a decisive lead in the opinion polls, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been giving out more details about what plans he has for his first days in office.
The campaign for the July 7 elections has taken a brief detour through Greece’s recent past as the main parties try to pin blame for the crisis on each other.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is continuing his effort to convince voters to participate in the July 7 elections, so they grant New Democracy a clear majority, while SYRIZA is trying to find as many weak points in the centre-right party’s manifesto as possible in order to attack the opposition and prevent a walkover in 10 days.
The future of Greece’s pension system was in the election campaign spotlight on Wednesday as SYRIZA tried to challenge New Democracy over its plans for a three-pillar scheme.