Athens / The conservative New Democracy party is the clear winner in the snap general elections in Greece this Sunday, and according to exit polls, it has topped the ruling Syriza party by as much as 16 percent.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged this Sunday his defeat and congratulated the winner, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In a telephone conversation, both leaders agreed that the transfer of power will take place this Monday, immediately after which Mitsotakis will be sworn in before the nation’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, a ceremony scheduled for 1:00 pm.
When his victorious vote-count was in, Mitsotakis said that starting this Sunday “a new but beautiful fight begins” and promised to work for growth and employment in the country.
“I asked for a strong mandate and you have been generous in giving it to me. I will not disappoint you,” said Mitsotakis, whose New Democracy party won an absolute majority in the elections.
He promised that his government will be guided by the principles of transparency and meritocracy, and announced that the Hellenic Parliament will work all summer “because the future cannot wait.”
When 70 percent of the vote had been counted, New Democracy had 39.6 percent and 158 seats in a legislature of 300, seven more than an absolute majority.
In these first general elections in Greece since the nation’s economic bailout, Syriza will be left with 86 seats.
In third place is the centrist Movement for Change (Kinal) party, successor of the historic Pasok, with 8.1 percent and 22 seats, followed by the KKE Communist Party of Greece with 5.3 percent and 15 seats.
The surprise of the day could be in store for the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn, who could be left out of Parliament if they don’t top the 3-percent minimum. Exit polls give them 2.9 percent at the moment.
However, the new far-right Greek Solution party does have a chance, with 3.8 percent of the vote that would give it 10 seats.
Another party with possibilities to take a seat in Parliament is the leftist Mera25 group, founded by former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, currently at 3.4 percent, which would give it 9 seats.
In the elections for the European Parliament last May 26, Mera25 missed by just a few votes from taking a seat there.
At present there are no figures on the percentage of Greeks who went to the polls, but according to local media, it was better than expected, considering that the elections were held during the summer vacations.
In a first reaction, New Democracy (ND) said that the Greeks chose its plan of government because they believe “it can improve their lives.”
Voter turnout is provisionally estimated at 56 percent. (July 7, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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