After an election in May that ended up being inconclusive, Greeks will go to the polls once again on the following Sunday, and the conservative former prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is now favored to win a second consecutive four-year term.
According to recent polls, the New Democracy party, which is led by Mitsotakis, is poised to emerge as the dominant party in the upcoming election, receiving between 40 and 43.9 percent of the vote.
Last month, Mitsotakis, who is 55 years old, easily won the election with a score of 40.79 percent, more than 20 points higher than his closest competitor, former socialist prime minister Alexis Tsipras.
However, he did not have a sufficient majority in the parliament to create a coalition government, thus he decided against doing so.
According to the results of a Pulse survey conducted for the independent Skai TV channel the previous week, nine out of ten New Democracy voters intend to vote conservative once again on Sunday.
According to Mitsotakis, during his leadership, the Greek people paid lesser taxes, and the country became a success story attractive to investors. Greece posted growth that was above the norm for Europe, and its tourism revenue returned to levels that were virtually as high as they were before the epidemic.
The phrase “Growth will continue”
Last week, he made the following statement on Skai TV: “I promise Greeks that (economic) growth will continue.”
We have more experience, more preparation, and more determination than the competition.
Critics of Mitsotakis argue that he lavished billions of euros on political associates and supportive media outlets, sought to cover a huge eavesdropping scandal, and tried to evade responsibility for Greece’s deadliest train tragedy in February.
This time, Harvard graduate and former financial consultant for McKinsey Mitsotakis is up against a challenge on his right that has the potential to decide the size of his parliamentary party.
Niki, a newly formed far-right party, nearly lost out on parliamentary seats in May but is currently polling over the needed 3 percent level. Greek Solution, an established nationalist party, is also polling above the required threshold.
Another brand-new party, Plefsi Eleftherias, which is certain to get parliamentary seats as well is led by Zoe Konstantopoulou, a veteran hard leftist who formerly served as speaker of parliament.
Additionally, the former minister of finance Yanis Varoufakis is running for election under the banner of the far-left MeRa25 party.
In the event that eight parties are successful in their bid to enter parliament on Sunday, the party that emerges victorious will require a bigger percentage of the vote in order to maximize the size of their parliamentary group within the chamber’s 300 seats.
If a government cannot be formed by Sunday, as Mitsotakis has warned, then there may be a third election called in August, which is the height of the popular tourism season. Mitsotakis has been criticized for making this prediction.
A final vote?
The former prime minister stated a few weeks ago that his failure to join a coalition government following the election in May was due to profound policy disagreements with his closest opponents, who are the leader of the leftist party and the socialist party, respectively.
Additionally, he has not shown any interest in working with any of the far-right parties.
In the forthcoming election, which will be conducted in accordance with revised regulations, the victor will receive an additional advantage of up to fifty seats, which will make it easier to establish a single-party government.
The vote will be held in the wake of a tragedy that occurred on a boat carrying migrants on June 14. The accident resulted in the deaths of 78 people, and it is believed that hundreds more remain missing and unlikely to be discovered.
However, it is not anticipated that this catastrophe, which has been dubbed Greece’s greatest maritime accident, would have a significant impact on the outcome of the election.
Given that Tsipras has previously been defeated by Mitsotakis in four previous elections, the outcome of this election might mark the end of his 15-year reign as leader of the left-leaning Syriza party.
Mitsotakis is the son of a former prime minister and the uncle of the current mayor of Athens. In addition, Mitsotakis is quite proud of the fact that his administration has a strict policy on immigration.
After the election on May 21, he bragged that 58 of the country’s 59 electoral areas had “turned blue,” which is the color associated with the New Democracy party. Only one of the regions had not voted for New Democracy.
After that, he swore to win control of the final area, which was Rodopi, from Syriza.
However, the former Prime Minister raised eyebrows when he claimed that Syriza’s success in securing the region was due to involvement from Turkey, Syriza’s long-standing foe, among the area’s Greek Muslim population.
According to what he revealed in an interview with Skai TV the previous week, “there was very strong interference from the Turkish consulate in favor of specific (Syriza) candidates… with (SMS) messages that said ‘Turks support Turks.'”