Mitsotakis Sees May 26 Elections New Democracy Win, Political Shift

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the headquarters of Thessaloniki candidate mayor Nikos Tachiaos. (Photo by ND Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

ATHENS – Confident of a big win for his candidates in the May 26 elections for Greek municipalities and the European Parliament – and in general elections later this year – major opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he wants a mandate.

Leading by 7 percent in the last polls – half what it had been before Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras rolled out pension bonuses, tax cuts and dangled more before voters, Mitsotakis said Greece “will turn the page,” and a major “political shift” will happen, said Kathimerini.

Speaking at the headquarters of Thessaloniki candidate mayor Nikos Tachiaos, backed by New Democracy, Mitsotakis said that, “When I move around in Thessaloniki, just like in every other city in Greece, the roads are always open and so is the way for the big political victory,” for his party.

Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, is the seat of the ancient Greek province of Macedonia, whose name was given away by Tsipras to the newly-renamed North Macedonia despite furious protests in the city and elsewhere in Greece.

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the headquarters of Thessaloniki candidate mayor Nikos Tachiaos. (Photo by ND Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the headquarters of Thessaloniki candidate mayor Nikos Tachiaos. (Photo by ND Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)