Mitsotakis hailed the conservative victory in Greece as a call for reform.

After achieving a resounding victory in the general elections on Sunday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the new prime minister of Greece, vowed to immediately go forward with his ambitious reform plan.

The leader of New Democracy claimed he had a “strong mandate” to transform a nation long regarded as being resistant to change thanks to his party’s resounding 24-point lead over the main opposition Syriza party.

As joyful scenes played out in front of his party’s headquarters, the center-right leader declared on television, “The people have given us a secure majority.” Major improvements will proceed quickly.

His biggest rival Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, won 17.8% of the vote, a dismal performance even lower than the 20% it received in the elections last month. With more than 96% of the votes recorded, New Democracy had received 40.5% of the vote, giving Mitsotakis control of 158 seats in the 300-seat parliament of Athens.

Mitsotakis, 55, had also won those elections, but due to the proportional representation electoral system, he was unable to secure an absolute majority. A second election was called by the pro-business leader in an effort to establish a strong administration that would enable him to move through with extensive changes.

It will be the most conservative parliament since Greece’s return to democracy in 1974, according to Mujtaba Rahman, managing director for Europe at political analysts Eurasia. The large support for Spartans is especially concerning because it demonstrates a sizable level of affinity for extreme right, ultra-nationalist beliefs.

Mitsotakis is likely to move fast to enact extensive reforms to the public sector, as well as the judiciary, health, and education sectors, according to Rahman, who noted that Mitsotakis now has a solid majority. With their swing to the right following the financial crisis in the eurozone, other southern European nations have taken a similar path to New Democracy’s victory.

He claimed that Mitsotakis’ victory was partly due to his “reaching out to centred moderates” despite his unyielding stance on matters like immigration.

According to analysts, the size of New Democracy’s victory over Syriza was evidence of the country’s economic development during Mitsotakis’ first time in office as well as voters’ wish to see Greece continue on a path of “normality” following the country’s tumultuous financial crisis. During his first tenure in power, Mitsotakis decreased unemployment, lowered taxes, drew in foreign capital, and digitalized an antiquated bureaucracy that had come to symbolise Greece’s opposition to modernization. In his second, he has pledged to increase salaries, raise the minimum wage to €950 (£815) per month, significantly reduce taxes, reform the public health system, and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.

A catastrophe off the country’s coast that claimed hundreds of migrants’ lives prompted criticism of the coastguard trained under his watch and brought the leader’s stern stance on migration into stark perspective. Despite being seen as a foregone conclusion, the election outcome came days after that. However, Mitsotakis’ appeal was not ultimately harmed by this, a terrible train accident that killed 57 people in February, largely young Greeks, or the wiretapping of journalists and political foes.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis also tweeted in Greek about his role towards Greece after becoming prime minister: “I thank the Greek men and women for their trust.” I now feel an even greater need to give my all to the country. I never make miraculous claims. But rest assured that I will do my part for my country with diligence, preparation, and hard work.

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