Facing considerable unrest within his party, SYRIZA’s recently elected leader Stefanos Kasselakis is attempting to fight back by increasing his grassroots support and avoiding any direct confrontation with his critics.
As campaigning for the second round of municipal and regional elections enters the final stretch, regional reconstruction funds are emerging as New Democracy’s key weapon in the push to get the party’s candidates over the line.
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.
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.
Athens instantly condemned Saturday’s attack on Israel by Gaza-based Hamas - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted on Saturday that he strongly condemns “the atrocious terrorist attack against Israel, causing a high number of casualties among civilians."
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.
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.
The new leader of SYRIZA Stefanos Kasselakis made his first trip abroad this week with a visit to Cyprus. The move was a symbolic gesture intended to correct the poor impression made by Kasselakis during his campaign, when he referred to Turkish-occupied territory on the island as a “statelet”.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is out on the campaign trail this week as the government looks to put its recent difficulties behind it through a strong performance in this weekend’s local elections.
With regional and municipal elections less than a week away, campaigning has moved into gear with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis working to distance New Democracy from the blame attached to his administration for the poor management of natural disasters.