Greek conservatives want Mitsotakis to win a majority in the upcoming election.

On Sunday, June 25, voters in Greece will participate in a new election where former prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is running for re-election to continue serving as the country’s leader. According to a report by the news agency Reuters, polls would open at 7 am and end 12 hours later throughout Greece. Results should be available by 1700 GMT.

Although Mitsotakis is predicted to win handily, his opponent Alexis Tsipras is attempting to deny him an absolute majority. On May 21, Mitsotakis New Democratic party defeated Tsipras’ Syriza party by a margin of 20 points. But it lacked the number of votes required to rule without a coalition. The New Democracy party is widely expected to win because election regulations this time would grant up to 50 additional seats to the winner of the vote.

If he didn’t win a majority, Mitsotakis warned that there would be a third election. He urged followers to vote. He said to a TV station, “I hope we don’t have to meet again in early August. All the progress we have made must be sustained.”

Polls conducted prior to the election indicated that Mitsotakis would win with between 40% and 45% of the vote. If true, that would grant him up to 50 additional seats for the victor, allowing the establishment of a one-party government.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis pleaded with voters on Friday to elect a stable administration for Greece. During his final campaign speech in Athens, the former prime minister stated that the country needed assured management in these unpredictable times and that it needed a government that would not be dependent on shaky majorities, lobbies, or the balance of power.

In addition, Mitsotakis pledged to raise the minimum wage and pensions, offer tax relief, and upgrade the nation’s healthcare and educational systems. Following the unresolved vote last month, Mitsotakis, who had been acting as Greece’s PM since 2019, resigned to support of a caretaker premier as required by the constitution.

The migrant tragedy on June 14 that claimed at least 82 lives and left hundreds more missing and perhaps dead casts a shadow over Sunday’s election. According to Reuters, the calamity overshadowed other problems leading up to the election, such as the cost of living crisis and a fatal rail accident in February.

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