The surprise performance of smaller parties in the May 21 elections has New Democracy worried about the potential for a dilution of the vote in the upcoming re-rerun scheduled in a month’s time.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is sticking to the formula that won him a landslide victory in the May 21 elections, hoping that this will drive New Democracy to a clear majority in the second vote on June 25.
The political dominance of Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greece in the May 21 elections also means that he is also politically dominant within his New Democracy party, which could have a knock-on effect regarding his foreign policy approach.
The caretaker government, under the premiership of senior judge Ioannis Sarmas, that will guide Greece to the June 25 elections was due to be sworn in on Friday but most of the attention was on the opposition parties’ efforts to ensure that New Democracy does not enjoy another landslide victory next month.
The campaign season has kicked off anew in Greece, with political parties still digesting the surprise result of polls on Sunday, which gave the outgoing administration of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis a commanding lead but failed to produce a new government.
The stage is set for Greece to hold its second elections of the summer on June 25, when New Democracy will be hoping to build on its impressive showing in last Sunday’s vote and secure a comfortable majority to govern for another four years.
Greece is headed for a re-run of last Sunday’s elections after the two main parties turned down the opportunity to start coalition talks.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis indicated no desire to form a governing coalition after his New Democracy party’s resounding win in Sunday’s elections and will, instead, lead the conservatives into a second vote later this summer, where he looks set to win an outright majority to govern Greece for another four years.
Sunday’s elections brought a resounding victory for New Democracy and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, while delivering a major blow to the main opposition party SYRIZA.
Campaigning for Sunday’s elections was due to end on Friday with SYRIZA on the defensive over its economic plans, which was symptomatic of a campaign during which the opposition parties have failed to show any consistency or success in steering the main narrative around the May 21 vote, apparently to the benefit of the ruling New Democracy party.