Following his surprising victory in Sunday’s leadership election, New Democracy president Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who garnered 173,297 votes (52.43 percent), begins from Tuesday the task of overhauling his party.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis scored a surprise victory in New Democracy’s election contest on Sunday by beating off competition from favourite Evangelos Meimarakis.
New Democracy will have a new leader by Sunday night, with veteran Evangelos Meimarakis seen as the favourite to edge out former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the ballot.
Having spent the last few days on the defensive after releasing its proposals for the overhaul of the pension system, the government has decided to actively defend its plan both at home and abroad.
New Democracy’s protracted leadership race has entered its final stretch ahead of Sunday’s run-off vote between interim leader Evangelos Meimarakis and former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The government presented its pension reform proposals to the opposition parties on Monday but got short shrift from them despite the fact that the plan does not contain any immediate direct cuts to pensions.
Government officials continue to court Vassilis Leventis, the head of the small opposition party, the Union of Centrists, a potential ally if the coalition’s slim majority is tested by the challenging reforms that lie ahead.
The focus of the Greek government’s negotiations with its lenders is expected to move quickly to the three key issues that need to be resolved in view of the upcoming first review but the coalition appears insistent that it will also pass its own legislation in the coming weeks.
Apart from being an important moment in terms of Greece aligning its civil rights with European Union norms, the passing of a bill on same-sex civil unions on Tuesday night also revealed some significant political fault lines.
The race to complete the second set of prior actions demanded by Greece’s lenders before Christmas appears to have been completed, providing the government with a much-needed injection of funds and a short break before a new round of negotiations begins.