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KINAL Leader Gennimata Faces Challenges for Party’s Helm

September 12, 2021

ATHENS – Fofi Gennimata, leader of the marginal center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) party which has failed to register with voters and is essentially irrelevant, will have two challengers in an upcoming election.

She told aides that the party’s central committee will convene Sept. 26 or Oct. 3 to set a date on the basis of a report by the certification commission, said Kathimerini, as KINAL hovers around 6.5 percent in recent surveys.

That is a drop from the 8.1 percent the party got in July 7, 2019 snap elections where it won 22 seats in the 300-member Parliament, leaving it without a voice or able to make any impact.

The next elections for Parliament and Prime Minister will be in 2023 or earlier if snap polls are called by Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who was 13 points ahead of the party he unseated, the now major opposition but fading SYRIZA.

This time though – under a law passed when the Leftists were in power – the elections will be based proportionately on the percentages received and not include a 50-seat bonus in Parliament for the overall winner.

That almost certainly insures a coalition government will take power with either New Democracy or SYRIZA needing a junior partner, seen as KINAL, which is led by veterans of the former PASOK Socialists who went defunct after backing austerity while serving the Conservatives in a previous government.

One of Gennimata’s challengers, lawmaker and former minister Andreas Loverdos, had demanded an election date of Nov. 14 in a letter. The other main challenger is Euro-MP Nikos Androulakis, said Kathimerini.

Whomever is KINAL's leader could be in a position for a high-ranking appointment in a coalition government which could renew some influence for the center-left leaders whose PASOK was once a dominant figure in Greece.

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