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.
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.