Support is growing for Stefanos Kasselakis leading up to the run-off for the SYRIZA leadership after several key party figures declared their support for the upstart candidate.
US-based entrepreneur Stefanos Kasselakis has sprung a major surprise by coming from virtually nowhere in political terms to win the first round of SYRIZA’s leadership race, which will be decided next Sunday when he faces off against former labour minister Efi Achtsioglou, who came second.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged to address the weaknesses exposed by the state machinery’s flawed response to natural disasters this summer as his government attempts to overcome the negative sentiment stirred up by the wildfires and flooding that affected much of the country over the last few weeks.
The first major opinion poll in the wake of the recent flooding reflects how the public mood has soured for the government, while it also suggests that the SYRIZA leadership vote may not end up being a one-horse race.
The political reverberations of a summer of natural disasters have forced yet another change of course on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who has ahead of him the difficult tasks of delivering a much-diminished economic programme at Thessaloniki and uniting his party to fight the upcoming local and regional elections.
Despite announcing on Tuesday that up to 2.25 billion euros of EU funds would be made available to deal with the aftermath of the flooding in Thessaly, the Greek government remained on shaky political ground domestically.
As the floodwaters in Thessaly subside, the enormity of the economic impact of the disaster is gradually becoming clear, putting the onus on the government to deliver a support package commensurate to the task.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is facing a huge test of his premiership, barely into its second term, as the aftermath of Storm Daniel, which wreaked havoc in central Greece last week, reveals widespread damage and anger among residents and business owners who were affected by the extreme weather.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited flood-stricken central Greece on Friday to survey the damage done by Storm Daniel but also to shore up the government’s defences against criticism about its poor civil protection record and to protect his own legacy as the country’s premier.
The unfolding disaster caused by Storm Daniel has forced Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to call off his annual speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair to focus on the stricken areas.