Kyriakos Mitsotakis New Democracy wins Greek election with a ‘strong mandate’ (UPDATED)

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The newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday that he will work hard to ensure every Greek, particularly the young, is given the opportunity to “fulfil their potential.”

In a speech at 2100 CET (2200 local time), Mitsotakis thanked the electorate for the “strong mandate” he received and pledged, once more, to reduce taxes, increase wages and investment as well as boost employment. He also said he would make Greece’s voice stronger on the European stage.

Earlier in the evening, the outgoing Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras defended his government’s record, saying that he would hand the country to Mitsotakis in a better state than when he had inherited it with “restored credibility” and “positive growth rates.”

He also said that his left-wing SYRIZA party will become the main opposition party and that it will use this position “to protect the interests of the people.”

It was the sixth time in just a decade and the first time since the country successfully exited its bailout programme in August 2018, that Greeks went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government.

Preliminary results from the Ministry of Interior credit the conservative New Democracy party with a commanding lead over the ruling left-wing SYRIZA party led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Earlier: Exit Polls show that Greece’s opposition party New Democracy is set to win country’s snap general elections.

Led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the centre-right party is projected to defeat Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party.

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New Democracy is forecast to win 38-42% of the vote, while Syriza is projected to win 26.5-31.5%.

That would give New Democracy an outright majority, as the winner receives 50 extra seats in parliament.

The first official results are expected later on Sunday evening.

General elections in Greece

Photo: A man, holding his dog, casts his vote during the general elections at a polling station, in Athens, Greece, 07 July 2019. Greek voters go to the polls on 07 July to cast their ballots in the Greek general elections.

Story: via BBC / Euronews / CNN

Photo: EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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