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New Democracy EU Candidates Get 40.17% of Vote from Greeks Abroad

ATHENS – After amending a law to make it easier for Greeks abroad to vote by mail, the ruling New Democracy garnered the lion’s share of votes by mail – 40.17 percent – in which  36,645 of those eligible participated in balloting for the European Parliament.

The Conservatives got only 28.31 percent overall, falling below Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ aim of 33 percent, and far lower than the almost 41 percent he won in winning the 2023 national elections.

The major opposition SYRIZA, while in power previously passed a measure for overseas voting so restrictive it meant only few could vote, got only 11.4 percent of the postal votes although now led by Greek-American businessman Stefanos Kasselakis.

Curiously, the marginal left-wing MeRA25 party of former SYRIZA finance chief Yanis Varoufakis – which fell out of the Greek Parliament in 2023 because it couldn’t get the minimum 3 percent – got 9.22 percent in voting by mail.

But Varoufakis’ party didn’t get the 3 percent needed to win any seats in the EU Parliament either as he has fallen into political obscurity after dominating headlines during SYRIZA’s rule for his fiery tangling with the country’s European creditors.

The KKE Communists, with 8.74 percent, were fourth, beating the once-dominant PASOK Socialists – who merged with KINAL – and came fifth with 8.72 percent.

The New Left made up of dissidents who broke away from SYRIZA when it was led by Tsipras – who quit after taking a beating in 2023 from Mitsotakis – got 4.85 percent in a surprising showing.

But the far-right parties – including Greek Solution which doubled its vote overall in Greece – failed to resonate with voters abroad, all getting under 3 percent, including the ultra-religious Niki and the Voice of Reason, who gained nationally.

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