In the final stretch to the ballot, New Democracy leads more confidently than ever in opinion polls, despite the ongoing controversies surrounding the deadly sinking of a migrant ship and allegations of Turkish interference in Thrace.
With just a week left until Greeks vote again to elect a government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is displaying growing confidence that he will win a clear majority on June 25 – a belief that is backed up by one opinion poll after the other.
The debate around migration, which has been sparked by the tragedy off the coast of the Peloponnese is not causing any political concern for New Democracy ahead of next Sunday’s elections as the centre-right party believes it has strong public backing for its “tough but fair” stance on the issue.
Migration has shot to the top of the political agenda in Greece, as all election campaigning has been suspended following a deadly shipwreck which took place off the coast of the Peloponnese on Wednesday.
Although opinion polls suggest that Kyriakos Mitsotakis does not have much to worry about as far as clinching a parliamentary majority on June 25 is concerned, a survey published on Tuesday indicates that as many as eight parties could elect MPs, reducing the size of New Democracy’s advantage but also suggesting that post-election politics could be more turbulent than the centre-right leader would have hoped.
New Democracy’s lead going into repeat elections in June appears unassailable, but the party is determined not to leave anything to chance. Rumbles of discontent among smaller parties could well redistribute the vote in a way which further strengthens the leaders in the race.
The growing tension ahead of the June 25 elections, which New Democracy is vying to win comfortably enough to secure a parliamentary majority, has been highlighted by a clash between the centre-right party and SYRIZA over the latter’s candidates in the Rodopi region of northeastern Greece.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis has stated that reforming Greece’s health service will be one of his main goals should New Democracy return to power for a second four-year term, but his party has encountered some rare turbulence over this issue.
In an attempt to reboot its election drive, SYRIZA presented its revised manifesto to voters on Wednesday, which was immediately dismissed by New Democracy as lacking any useful ideas about how to grow the Greek economy.
Athens is assessing Turkey’s new cabinet named last Saturday by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he extended his two-decade rule following victory in last month’s elections.