It wasn’t close, with the New Democracy party storming to victory – winning 158 of 300 seats in the country’s legislature.
The end for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ populist government was forecast back in May when his Syriza party lost by more than 9 percentage points in the European parliament vote, and was nearly shut out in a host of regional ballots. That prompted Tsipras to call a snap election. Fast forward to Monday when Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister.
CGTN’s Filio Kontrafouri has a report from Athens.
- Yannis Koutsomitis is an award-winning television producer and European affairs analyst.
- Nicholas Alexiou is a Chancellor’s lecturer and the director of the Hellenic-American Oral History Project at Queens College in New York.
- Petros Kasfikis is the Washington, DC correspondent for the Athens Macedonia New Agency.
- Tom Ellis is the editor-in-chief of Kathimerini English Edition — a daily newspaper in Greece and Cyprus.
Greek conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as prime minister and presented his cabinet, a day after a comfortable election victory https://t.co/AGGXwfXzrA
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 8, 2019
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece lost his re-election bid to a center-right leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. His austerity policies angered many. https://t.co/hUtpcUukwe
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 7, 2019
Four years ago, a far-right, anti-immigrant party with neo-Nazi roots became Greece's third-largest party. In Sunday's election, voters knocked it out of Parliament. https://t.co/hns8c9ejoC
— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) July 7, 2019