The leader of Greece’s main opposition party says he is confident that he can pull together a coalition of “progressive cooperation” after just one round of voting under a proportional representation system.
As Greece enters Holy Week, ahead of the celebration of Christian Orthodox Easter this coming Sunday, the election campaign has been overshadowed by a fresh row over the government’s efforts to tinker with legislation aimed at preventing the far-right Ellines (Greeks) party from taking part in the upcoming ballot.
The main parties have begun announcing their candidates for the upcoming national vote, with ruling New Democracy stressing that it is putting many young hopefuls, who are first-timers in Greek politics, up for election.
With opinion polls failing to predict a clear-cut result in May’s elections, attention has turned to the leadership manoeuvrings of the new far right party Ellines (Greeks), whose entry into Parliament could upset the already complex electoral arithmetic.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced what appears to be his last handout on the path to the May 21 elections, while his rival Alexis Tsipras focusses on creating a more friendly environment for homeowners should SYRIZA come to power.
While the government has been devoting its energies to managing the fallout from the Tempe accident, New Democracy appears to have been taken aback by public protests on a number of other issues ranging from water privatisation to tourism development.
The campaign for the May 21 elections is heating up as party leaders zip around the country to drum up support and the government exchanges increasingly harsh words with the opposition. Meanwhile, opinion polls continue to show that the outcome of next month’s vote is still in some doubt.
As party leaders hit the campaign trail in search of votes ahead of the May 21 elections, the latest opinion poll to be published during March indicates that the result of the ballot still remains in the balance.
With elections due on May 21 and the gap between the two main parties narrower than at any time in New Democracy’s four-year term, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has set in motion the campaign which he hopes will win back voters.
Political parties in Greece kicked into full election mode after the prime minister announced that he plans to go to the polls on May 21.