New elections in Greece to try to find a majority

We take the same and start again. New legislative elections will take place on June 25 in Greece, according to a presidential decree published on Monday, eight days after elections which did not allow the right to win an absolute majority despite its large victory.

The date of June 25 is the one put forward by former Conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after the victory of his conservative party in the May 21 election. His New Democracy party won 40.8% of the vote, 20 points more than its main opponent, the left-wing Syriza party of former Prime Minister (2015-2019) Alexis Tsipras, who suffered a scathing reverse.

A “bonus” of up to 50 seats

But this result did not allow him to obtain an absolute majority while he ruled out forming a coalition with a minority partner. With the simple proportional, the camp of the line obtained 146 seats whereas it needed 151 of them to be able to constitute, only, a stable government.

As soon as the results were known, the former Prime Minister had called for new legislative elections which will take place with a different voting system which, this time, will grant the winning party a “bonus” of up to 50 seats. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who came to power in 2019 and who wishes to obtain a second term, is betting on this second ballot to win an absolute majority.

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