INDEX – Abroad – The right has had earthquake-like success in Greece

Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his party won the Greek parliamentary elections. The re-elected prime minister described the victory of New Democracy as an earthquake. The result represents a major failure for the left, led by Alexis Tsipras.

The centre-right conservative New Democracy party won about 41 percent of the vote. The party needs five more states to gain an absolute majority and form a government. According to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the election results show that the Greeks voted with confidence in his party for another term.

The people decided, they wanted a majority government capable of ruling the country alone, led by the new democracy

He said in his victory speech. Upon seeing the polling results on polling day, New Democracy supporters celebrated the victory widely in Athens. Pre-election polls underestimated the expected difference between the two major parties.

Mitsotakis won 146 seats, five mandates short of the 151 required for a majority. On the Home Office voting map, New Democracy has won all but one of Greece’s constituencies.

Analysts interpreted the prime minister’s speech to mean that he does not want to share power with another party, but wants another election at the end of June, at which time the winning party can get additional mandates, he writes. BBC. The President of the Republic offers the conservative party the possibility of forming a coalition government, but it is already clear that they will refuse the invitation.

A big defeat for the left

The election result was a major failure for Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party. Tsipras came to power in Greece in 2015 by campaigning against international austerity measures, finally succumbing to pressure.

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Sunday’s election was the first parliamentary election in the Balkan country since the end of strict oversight of the Greek economy by international institutions. Credit institutions have provided the lifeblood of Athens and financed the operation of the Greek economy and the state during the financial crisis of the past ten years. The 48-year-old Tsipras led the country as prime minister for four years through a crisis that lasted nearly a decade, after which he was no longer able to regain his former broad social and political support.