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Editorial

A Third Round of Greek Elections Should Be Avoided

Despite the result of the May 21 elections, in recent days, reports in the Athenian press, as well as a statement by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, raise the possibility that a third round of elections may be needed for New Democracy to be able to govern on its own.

Such an eventuality would not only deprive the people of their ‘August vacations’, but would also deprive the country of an elected government for an extended period of time.

And if two elections can be seen as a luxury the country can hardly afford, having three elections in a row goes above and beyond the boundaries of national interest.

At any rate, it is a joke for anyone to still argue that simple proportional representation serves the country’s interest.

How is it possible for there to be ‘cooperation’ among two or more parties with different ideas, philosophies, and orientations, and for that hope to outweigh seeking a strong self-reliant government?

Would not every important decision be the product of concessions, compromises, perhaps even blackmail?

For example, what will happen during a crisis with Turkey? Who will decide at 3AM how the Armed Forces should immediately react, at that moment?

At this time, Greece needs above all a strong government with a competent, experienced, strong prime minister to be able to seize the opportunities given to it to address its serious structural problems. Issues such as the court system, labor, education, and of course: Greek-Turkish relations.

The time is now ripe. This is what the election result of May 21 tells us. A third election will be needed only if many voters who chose Kyriakos then are feeling complacent now, believing that he will be elected anyway without their vote – and so they will not vote on June 25.

But that would be a very big mistake that would cost them and the country dearly.

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