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Landslide Win Propels Mitsotakis to the Helm of Greece as Prime Minister

Mitsotakis has pledged to boost Greece's tourism sector, create jobs, and increase wages to European Union levels

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GREECE: Kyriakos Mitsotakis won a resounding victory in the Greek election, winning a second four-year term as prime minister. The centre-right New Democracy, which won 40.5% of the vote and 158 seats in the 300-seat parliament, is over 20 points ahead of the socialist Syriza, which ruled from 2015 to 2019.

Mitsotakis, a 55-year-old former banker and political family member, has pledged to boost Greece’s tourism sector, create jobs, and increase wages to European Union levels. Greek media praised the outcome as a “historic win,” with Ta Nea stating Mitsotakis’s dominance as unmatched.

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Mitsotakis, who served as prime minister from 2019 to 2020, is set to meet with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou to form a cabinet and be sworn in. The new cabinet is expected to be revealed on Monday. Mitsotakis claimed to be moving forward with changes to restore the country’s credit rating after a decade-long debt crisis.

Greece’s health and public transport systems have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and rail accidents. However, rising costs and economic hardship have become the top concerns for voters. 

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Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party suffered a crushing loss of over 30 lawmakers in Sunday’s elections, while three nationalist, fringe right groups, including the anti-immigrant “Spartans,” gained seats. Tsipras criticized the outcome as harmful to democracy and society.

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