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PM urges ministers to heed local vote warnings as opposition looks ahead

Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on his ministers to heed the warnings of the second round of the local elections, which saw New Democracy lose in five of the six remaining regional authority contests while also seeing the candidates the conservatives were supporting lose control of the country’s two biggest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

Image: MacroPolis Parties ponder next steps as dust settles following local elections

The three main political parties in Greece are charting their next moves as they continue to digest the shock results of the second round of local elections. While the New Democracy government is downplaying the celebrations of its rivals, the strategic alliance between SYRIZA and PASOK looks likely to prove ephemeral.

Image: https://www.syriza.gr/ Kasselakis puts on friendly face for big business, compounding SYRIZA unease

In a move that is unlikely to sit well with everyone in his party, recently elected SYRIZA president Stefanos Kasselakis has attempted to court Greece’s industrialists by declaring that the leftists will adjust their position under his leadership so that they no longer “demonise” capital.

Image: MacroPolis Few bright spots for opposition candidates in local polls, ND confident for second round

New Democracy is claiming that total dominance over municipal and regional government is within reach, as the results of the first round of elections served up few unpleasant surprises for the governing party. At the same time, the polls created a new dynamic between SYRIZA and PASOK, as the main opposition parties contemplate strategic plays.

Strong showing for ND in first round of local elections amid low turnout

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis interpreted the results of Sunday’s local elections as a “reconfirmation” of the public’s support in his New Democracy party, after candidates backed by the conservatives won seven of Greece’s 13 regional governorships, while ND-supported hopefuls also look well-placed to win the mayorships of Athens and Thessaloniki in run-off ballots next Sunday.

Photo by Ageliki Koronaiou/Fosphotos PM struggling to fulfil same-sex marriage pledge, prompting opposition pressure

The issue of same-sex marriage is turning into somewhat of a thorn in Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s side as there appears to be little support from within his party for a change to the law – a fact that SYRIZA is looking to exploit as its new leader Stefanos Kasselakis looks to burnish his liberal credentials, especially when compared to the conservative leader.

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