New Democracy wins snap elections in Greece

Prime Minister-elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he will change the country

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece’s opposition conservatives returned to power with a landslide victory in snap elections on Sunday, and Prime Minister elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he had a clear mandate for change, pledging more investments and fewer taxes, Reuters reported. 

The shift in powers is coming after years of EU-enforced belt-tightening, combined with high unemployment, after the country almost crashed out of the euro zone at the height of its financial travails in 2015.

Conservative New Democracy had a commanding lead of 39.6 percent of the vote based on 73 percent of the votes counted versus 31.6 percent for incumbent leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza, the official interior ministry tally showed.

In a televised address Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the election outcome gave him a strong and clear mandate to change Greece. I am committed to fewer taxes, many investments, for good and new jobs, and growth which will bring better salaries and higher pensions in an efficient state, Mitsotakis stressed.

Tsipras said he respected the will of the Greek people. Today, with our head held high we accept the people’s verdict. To bring Greece to where it is today we had to take difficult decisions with a heavy political cost,” he told media.

The handover will take place tomorrow on Monday, after Mitsotakis’s swearing in as new Prime Minister.

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