The new Parliament is due to be sworn in this Monday as political life in Greece returns to its normal rhythms following the two electoral encounters in May and June.
Alexis Tsipras’s decision to stand down from the leadership of SYRIZA marks the end of an era for the leftist party and decision time for the membership and organs.
Alexis Tsipras has announced that he is stepping down as leader of SYRIZA after roughly 15 years at the helm of the left-wing grouping, paving the way for a leadership contest that could be a significant factor in the revival of the party and the left/centre-left opposition to the New Democracy government.
The new cabinet, chosen by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after his re-election on Sunday, is due to meet for the first time on Wednesday as the government looks to pick up where it left off in May and continue what the New Democracy leader has labelled the “transformation” of Greece.
The new cabinet announced by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, which is due to be sworn in on Tuesday, is based on many ministers who were tried and tested during New Democracy’s first term in office, but also has a sprinkling of some new faces as the PM freshens up his government with the aim of pushing through his reform programme and steering Greece along a path of continued growth.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to name his new cabinet on Monday afternoon, a few hours after being sworn in again as prime minister and winning an eight-seat majority in the Greek Parliament for his New Democracy party.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis was re-elected as Prime Minister with a convincing win on Sunday as his party kept up its impressive showing in the May 21 elections by taking an estimated 40.5 pct of the vote and winning a comfortable majority of seven seats in the 300-seat Greek Parliament, according to the first official projections.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis has issued a final plea to New Democracy voters to participate in Sunday’s elections as a low turnout among conservatives seems the only potential obstacle standing in the way of the centre-right party returning to power for another four years.
With a New Democracy win all but assured in Sunday’s elections, the main forces of the opposition are staking out their positions with an eye on the day after on Greece’s political scene.
As New Democracy and its leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, continue to dominate in all the opinion polls ahead of the June 25 elections, there is growing speculation about what kind of government he will form if the predictions prove correct and the centre-right politician returns for a second four-year term.