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Editorial

If Only His Parents Were Alive…

Kyriakos Mitsotakis has achieved something that many considered almost impossible. He painted the entire electoral map of Greece – with the exception of the province of Rodope – blue. He even painted blue a region that traditionally is problematic for the New Democracy party, and especially for the late former Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Kyriakos’ father, notwithstanding their own roots there: the island of Crete.

Today, then, a day that displays Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ dominance in the political life of Greece, is also the day of great vindication for his late father, who, it should be noted, ‘left us’ on May 29, 2017.
Konstantinos Mitsotakis, with unparalleled Cretan courage, and rare intelligence and insight, fought a lifetime against the corrupt of his time for the good of his country. That is why he was vilified like few others.

And yet, in the end, the people recognized his contributions to the country and he was rewarded by being elected Prime Minister, defeating Andreas Papandreou, a powerful opponent.

Moreover, it is certain that had he not been overthrown by those aforementioned corrupt individuals, Greece would not have gone through the torment of bankruptcy and humiliation. It would have found its way back in the decade of the 1990s.

It can therefore be said that Konstantinos Mitsotakis [full disclosure: he honored me with his friendship] – through his struggles and sacrifices and his sincere, genuine love for the people, proved that competent, far-sighted leadership can make a big difference in the country.

His son possesses these qualities as well. Thus, it can be said that in this matter too, the people had a previous point of comparison: his father has put his stamp on his son’s current triumph.

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