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Tsipras Won’t Give Up Early Elections Call: Mitsotakis Says No

December 20, 2021

ATHENS – Despite trailing almost hopelessly in polls, Greece’s major rival SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, eager to return to power after being unseated in a July 7, 2019 snap poll, has renewed his call for for early elections.

Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakis Mitsotakis has repeatedly rejected that idea and noted that if he went ahead with what Tsipras wanted that the government would easily return to power.

The leftist leader, whose 4 ½ year reign ended in an ignominious rout to Mitsotakis after breaking his anti-austerity vows and imposing harsh measures in workers, pensioners and the poor, said Mitsotakis has bungled the response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is lingering.

Speaking at a conference on digitalization  Tsipras said that public trust in the conservative government has been irreparably damaged by failure to respond to the “dual challenge” posed by COVID and inflation, said Kathimerini.

“Protecting human lives and social cohesion should be top priorities at the moment,” Tsipras said, adding that allowing the conservatives more time in power “carries risk” for the country.

He didn’t mention that during his time in office he and his government were blamed for a shambolic response to July 23, 2018 wildfires that killed 102 people and almost wiped out the seaside village of Mati northeast of Athens.

His government having a 13-point edge in a recent survey, Mitsotakis is riding high in public opinion and said he will stay his four-year term until elections are held in 2023.

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