ATHENS – Less than two weeks into his new administration, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told his ruling New Democracy lawmakers that he wants them to “work more and talk less,” and get stuff done.
That was an indirect shot at the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA whose ministers and deputy ministers and Members of Parliament frequently popped off about subjects outside their bailiwick or areas of expertise.
Ζωντανά η ομιλία μου στην Κοινοβουλευτική Ομάδα της Νέας Δημοκρατίας.
Posted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday, July 19, 2019
Mitsotakis laid down the law in the first session of his party’s parliamentary group on July 19 where he received a standing ovation after bringing the New Democracy back to power, 4 ½ years after it was beaten by SYRIZA, with the Conservatives led by Antonis Samaras.
New Democracy easily ousted the Leftists in July 7 snap elections and won 158 seats in the 300-member Parliament to have a majority government without the need for a coalition partner as had happened with previous several administrations.
Mitsotakis said that his lawmakers should debate on merit and not get personal as SYRIZA MPs and ministers frequently did, baiting rivals and engaging in furious attacks. He said the election result was “a response to populism and extremism,” noting that the defeat of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn that failed to get back into Parliament was an “achievement,” said Kathimerini in a report.