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.”


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