x

Politics

Mitsotakis on Mega TV: ‘I Seek a Strong Mandate for a Stable Government’

ATHENS – The citizens granted New Democracy a strong mandate to govern in the elections on May 21 and they must now “back up” this choice in the June 25 elections, ND President Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview on the Mega television breakfast television programme “Kinonia Ora Mega” on Monday morning, talking to the journalists Iordanis Hasapopoulos and Anthi Voulgari.

“The ballot box is empty once again. I believe that there is no substantial reason for someone to change their choice within four weeks. A stable government is a condition for making big changes,” Mitsotakis said, noting that a strong government on the day after the elections was needed in order for ND to implement its program.

“Possibly the bar for a single-party majority in enhanced proportional representation will rise. I ask for a strong mandate for a stable government,” he said, adding that no one wants a government with a marginal majority.

Asked about his party’s plans for constitutional reforms, most notably to allow private universities, Mitsotakis clarified that it has never been his intention to push changes through with the support of his party alone: “There is a constitutionally established limit of 180 MPs for revising the constitution… I consider that this goal is practically impossible and it was never my intention to proceed with constitutional changes alone.”

He said the May 21 election result fills him “with an even greater sense of responsibility” and noted that some phenomena of arrogance and mistakes, while unavoidable when there were hundreds of officials in government positions, “can be fixed” and that his government had “insisted on a different model of politics” that was target-oriented and demanded accountability.

In terms of his priorities, he cited reforms in health and he also emphasised upgrading state universities and issues that concern young people, stressing that young voters “were not grist for the mill of populism as some see them.”

RELATED

ATHENS - Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international traffic - and Greece frantic to get tourists back - so many are coming that the government is looking at limiting how many cruise ships can dock.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

It’s Not as World-Famous as Ramen or Sushi. But the Humble Onigiri is Soul Food in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The word “onigiri” became part of the Oxford English Dictionary this year, proof that the humble sticky-rice ball and mainstay of Japanese food has entered the global lexicon.

New England is known for its diverse and vibrant food scene.

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Tuesday upheld a two-year prison sentence for an elected mayor of the country’s Greek minority, in a move expected to further exacerbate tension with neighboring Greece.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court said Tuesday it has issued arrest warrants for Russia’s former defense minister and its military chief of staff for attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine, the third time the global court has issued warrants for senior Russian leaders.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump on Tuesday will ask the judge presiding over his classified documents case to prevent prosecutors from using evidence seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate and recordings made by one of his former attorneys.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.