Mitsotakis receives exploratory mandate from President

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has granted Kyriakos Mitsotakis a three-day mandate to form a coalition government after his conservative party emerged victorious in Sunday’s parliamentary election, albeit without securing an absolute majority.

Mitsotakis can negotiate with other parties to try to form a coalition.

During their meeting at the Presidential Palace, which commenced at 12.30 p.m., Mitsotakis expressed his intention to return the mandate later in the afternoon.

If the bid proves unsuccessful, the exploratory mandate will be passed on to the second-place party, SYRIZA, and subsequently to the third-place party, PASOK.

Should no party succeed in forming a coalition, Sakellaropoulou will appoint a caretaker government to take the country to a new vote about a month later.

New Democracy sources have indicated that the second election would take place on June 25.